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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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

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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BN115
Community and Youth Development

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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255

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255

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-25

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Students will examine various the social environment and cultural practices in society. Perspectives on human behaviour, social justice and community empowerment will be explored at a depth that will enable students to influence the effects on individuals and groups in society and gain competences to operate in a professional manner.


 
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IT Blanchardstown

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
CAGXX  5M2373  Agriculture
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work
  6M2218  Social and Vocational Integration
ECDEV  6M3674  Community Development
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development

Essential Module Requirements:
Distinctions in three modules

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Employment in different areas of social and community work such as civic leaders, local government advisors, councillors or community programme co-ordinators. In addition employment possibilities in a variety of sectors working with youth, marginalised or disadvantages groups, ethnic minorities, social enterprises and health promotion.



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