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Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

PharmaChemical Ireland

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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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

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Works in 3rd level colleges and universities providing information and guidance to students considering educational progression or into employment.


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Brian Howard works as a Guidance Counsellor in Newbridge College in Kildare. He attended secondary school in Patrician Secondary School Newbridge. Following his Leaving Certificate he went on to do a B.Sc in NUI Maynooth. After completing his H-Dip he spent 5 years teaching Maths and Science before embarking on the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Counselling in NUI Maynooth.
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  • Providing one-to-one guidance to individuals in relation to their educational and career development.
  • Identifying individual needs using a variety of techniques including guidance interviews, psychometric assessment and other career evaluation tools.
  • Planning, developing and delivering group guidance sessions on all aspects of careers development and work related topics.
  • Using information technology for a wide range of administrative and informational tasks.
  • Establishing links with employers, relevant agencies, professional bodies and further/post-graduate education and training institutions to keep up to date professional and academic developments.
 


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Excellent communication and networking skills are essential in order to listen to the needs of the individual and provide them with the correct information.  

Patience is required as it may take time for students to decide on a career path they are happy with. Excellent research skills are also needed combined with a competent level of computer literacy. 

Good organisational skills and a methodical approach to your work is key as is an ability to relate well to different age groups and abilities. 

It is nesessary for Careers Advisors to be helpful and caring and motivated by the best interests of their clients.


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Open to graduates of any discipline. Qualifications will vary depending on institution. Some may require a specific qualification in counselling and adult guidance while others will accept relevant experience or related qualifications such as HR or recruitment experience.

For those seeking membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors a recognised qualification in guidance is required.

Most will hold a Post-Graduate diploma trainining programme in adult guidance and counselling.

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