Life is like a giant storybook where we find tales that make us want to do great things, stories about people who never give up, and stories that show us that age is just a number. Sijo Mathews journey is one such narrative!
At 41, while working as a retail pharmacist in Oman, he pursued Australia's challenging Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) examination.
Siju completed his diploma, bachelor’s degree, and master’s degree in pharmacy in India. He came to Oman in 2013 and worked as a retail pharmacist for ten years.
Sijo aspired to become a registered pharmacist in Australia. This dream was fueled by a combination of factors, including the ease of the visa process, favourable family conditions, and a preference for Australia’s climate, which felt more akin to his home in India.
He weighed the options carefully and concluded that the Australian pharmacy exam- Knowledge Assessment of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KAPS) exam was the right path for him.
Sijo understood this journey would be no walk in the park, but he was determined to make it happen.
Sijo had numerous choices for his exam preparation, but he opted for Academically. The decision wasn’t solely about convenience; it was also about value. Sijo considered the course's cost and duration, and Academically emerged as the right fit for him.
Studying for the KAPS exam while managing a full-time job and family responsibilities required unwavering determination and discipline.
Sijo’s daily routine involved regularly watching both live and recorded classes, dedicating 4-to 5 hours to his studies, and meticulously reading the handouts provided by Academically. He created his notes, prepared questions, and reviewed his materials repeatedly.
Sijo attributes much of his success to Academically. The mock tests provided by the institution proved invaluable, with nearly 70% of the actual exam questions feeling familiar due to his preparation with Academically’s materials.
The clarity of concepts, assistance from dedicated staff, and the compilation of 10 years’ worth of question papers made Academically feel like a second home on his journey to success.
For those who might perceive the KAPS exam as daunting, Sijo Mathews offers this heartfelt advice: “This is not a tough exam. All you need to do is follow the handouts, watch the live and recorded classes provided by Academically, and work hard.”
Sijo Mathews’ journey from Oman to becoming a registered pharmacist in Australia at 41 exemplifies the power of determination and hard work.
His story is a testament to the idea that age should never deter us from pursuing our dreams, and with the proper guidance and relentless effort, success is always within reach.
As Mark Twain said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Despite the challenges, Sijo’s journey inspires us to keep pushing forward.
Dr. Akram Ahmad is a clinical pharmacist and lecturer with over 10 years of teaching and research experience across various subjects of medicine in India, Malaysia and Australia. He is an educationist and a medpreneur with extensive knowledge of the global healthcare diaspora. Through his articles, videos and engaging sessions, he always aims to impart unexplored knowledge about the healthcare world to interested students and professionals.