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 Louise Keane from PharmaChemical Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Keane

Compliance Manager

PharmaChemical Ireland

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  Louise Keane
In order to complete this job it was important to have a number of years experience in the industry. It was also important to have successfully completed a science degree and some aspects of the course were of benefit to me in the role.

Work in the pharma industry is interesting - it is important to be keen to change and learn. You need to be prepared to move with the changing needs of the industry in order to stay current. You need to be focused and organised in order to meet the demands of a busy, competitive sector of the health care business.
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Creative 
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Realist

 Realist
 
General
The Realist interest is for work that involves 'doing' something to inanimate 'things'. There is usually a hands-on aspect to this work, and it is important that there are visible (tangible) results for one's efforts.

Interests
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Activities
Realist activities include basic physical work (handling goods, deliveries), controlling and operating equipment (e.g. cranes, aircraft), using tools and instruments (drills, microscopes), building and repairing electrical or mechanical equipment (e.g. engineer, mechanic), skilled labour (e.g. precision cutting/alignment) and other work requiring fine eye-hand co-ordination (e.g. sports, pilot).