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We asked Lisa Curry from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Curry

Catering Sales Executive

Failte Ireland

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  Lisa Curry
I would advise them that the sales world is not as glamorous and easy as it comes across but it can be extremely rewarding. I would recommend you go for this type of position if you are someone who enjoys a challenge and can negotiate very well.

Sales and Catering Sales as a position is a tough one and there are a lot of challenges in that you really need to be customer focused yet remember that you have to make a profit. Selling weddings is a side of my job that is very satisfying as you get to see the end result of something that you have created which at the same time is the most important event in a families and a couple’s life.

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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What do Pharmacists do?

Pharmacists are experts in the development, preparation and usage of medicines.

Pharmacists are considered some of the most visible, accessible and trusted healthcare professionals in the world. Modern medicines are very powerful and have a great potential for relieving suffering and curing disease but also for misuse and inducing dangerous side effects. The pharmacist is the focus for all strands of knowledge that support the rational and safe use of medicines.

Practising pharmacists are part of the healthcare team along with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians. The three main branches of the profession are:

 -Community pharmacy
 -Hospital pharmacy
 -The pharmaceutical industry

Community pharmacists, working from high street, local and rural pharmacies, use their detailed knowledge to ensure that the medicines ordered on the doctors’ prescriptions, or bought over the counter, are correctly and safely supplied, with appropriate patient counselling on use, adverse side effects, etc.

Hospital pharmacists work directly with doctors, nurses and other health professionals to ensure that both in- and out-patients receive the most appropriate medicines and that those medicines are used in the most effective way.

The pharmaceutical industry employs a large number of pharmacists in many diverse and interesting roles. Pharmacists are experts in the development, preparation and usage of medicines.

On a daily basis, many pharmacists dispense medications to patients in accordance with doctor’s orders and consult patients on medication usage. They are regarded as one of the most trusted professions in the world.

Career opportunities

The excitement and challenges in biochemical and medical research have never been greater than they are today. The pace and diversity of scientific advances are breathtaking. Coupled with developments in technology, they offer society unrivalled opportunities in health care.

A person taking up pharmacy as a career can be assured of a challenging and interesting job, one that changes rapidly in response to developments in the health care field. Pharmacy offers many career options with the majority of pharmacists practicing in the community.

By definition this involves the greatest degree of interaction with patients and their families. Pharmacists may be involved in drug discovery, development of final products, large-scale manufacture of medicines, quality assurance, regulatory affairs and sales and marketing.

Pharmacy offers a stimulating, challenging and varied career for persons interested in the rapidly developing science of drugs and medicines and who are keen to work for the wellbeing of the community.

The broad scientific base of the pharmacy programme provides the graduate in pharmacy with employment opportunities in community, hospital and industrial pharmacy in Ireland and throughout the world.

Pharmacy has always been an exciting and rewarding career, but has recently become one of the most pursued fields in the health care industry.

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