Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Fergus O'Connell from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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  Fergus O'Connell
A broad science background is very important. An ability to recognise small inconsistencies is equally important. For example do you recognise small discrepancies between different camera shots of the same scene in films and TV series?

An ability to question everything and think laterally is important. Also the ability to say 'no' (not everyone is comfortable doing this). Working in quality is not about being popular and definitely not about being a tyrant but one needs to be approachable, consistent and have good interpersonal skills.

Not all of your decisions are going to be popular but they need to be based on a sound rationale and you need to be able to support them. One also needs to be acutely aware of the fact that your opinion won't always be right.

One must always be open to being convinced of an alternative argument.
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JobBridge, The National Internship Scheme, became operational on 1st July 2011. The scheme provided internship opportunities of 6 or 9 months in duration, for unemployed individuals with organisations across the private, public and community & voluntary sectors.

The aim of the JobBridge Scheme was to provide those seeking employment with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, maintain close links with the labour market and to enhance their skills and competencies through a quality internship opportunity.

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On October 19th 2016, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announced that the current JobBridge internship programme was to close to new participants. 

From 21st October 2016, JobBridge closed to new applications. Existing nine-month JobBridge placement holders will continue until the conclusion. People who have already applied for positions will have until 25 November 2016 to start the internship. A review of JobBridge has recommended that it should be replaced by a new work experience programme.

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I have completed a Graduate Management course in the IMI in Dublin as part of of graduate programme in Irish Cement.

I also completed a Certificate in Health, Safety & Welfare at Work in IBEC in collaboration with UCD.

I attended a Kiln and Roller Mill 4 day similar in Germany with Polysius (Supplier of cement kilns)in 2006 to gain greater knowledge on Kilns and mills.

I also attended a 2 day course in MS Project as I was required to use it in my job and a 1-day in house NSAI course in auditing for ISO.

I hope to attend a bearing and welding course this year and also a Project Management course to further my education in these areas.

I also hope to attend a Quarry Management (DAPS) course next year in Derby, England to further my knowledge in quarrying with the hope of pursuing a career in CRH in this area.


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