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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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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PC405
Citizenship & Community Studies

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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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This degree is designed to provide the practical and theoretical skills to those who are interested in or are already pursuing careers in community development, empowerment and advocacy work. The programme explores issues relevant to contemporary communities in a local and global context. The programme can be pursued through a full-time option or, for those already employed in the sector, as part-time study under our ACCS programme. 


 
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The degree course aims to produce graduates with the qualifications, skills and experience required for professional Community Work.


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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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EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ECAXX    Community Arts
DCHCC  5M2786  Community Care
ECDXX  5M3050  Community Development
  5M5048  Creative Media
ECHSX  5M2154  Cultural and Heritage Studies
EETXX  5M3635  Education and Training
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support
ELESX  5M2073  Language and European Studies
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EPJXX  5M2464  Journalism
ECAPX    Community Arts
ECDEV  6M3674  Community Development
EYXXX  5M4732  Youth Work

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The community sector offers a broad range of employment opportunities involving community development projects and organisations. They include issue-based projects such as youth or women’s projects, lobbying and advocacy organisations, community care organisations, community education centres, family resource centres, local employment services and community networks. There are also roles for community development practitioners within local authorities and a range of partnership organisations.



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