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 Brian Kelly from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Brian Kelly

Science Entrepreneur

BioPharmachem Ireland

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Go for it!  But realise that its not going to be easy and things take time and there are LOTS of sacrifices to make. Also make sure you learn from your mistakes - because you will make them. It is really only a mistake if you don't learn from it.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Third Secretary Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"I oversee the provision of consular and passport services to Irish holidaymakers and residents in Spain and Tunisia." Caitlin Higgins, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade / Civil Service. 

Following the completion of a PhD in History in Trinity College Dublin, I joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012, prior to Ireland’s EU Presidency.

My first role was in Europe Division, where I worked on a range of policy issues relating to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Anglo Irish Division

I subsequently moved to the Department’s Anglo Irish Division, where my duties included support for organisations involved in reconciliation work on the island of Ireland. I was also involved in planning for upcoming official commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

In mid-2015 I was assigned to the Irish Embassy in Madrid, which is also accredited to Tunisia. Madrid is Ireland’s busiest consular mission, with around 1.3 million visits by Irish people to Spain each year. It deals with over 25% of consular cases involving Irish people worldwide.

In my role as Consul, I oversee the provision of consular and passport services to Irish holidaymakers and residents in Spain and Tunisia. My roles in the Department to date have been interesting and varied. I would certainly recommend it to any graduate who is considering their future options.

Article by: Caitlin Higgins