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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.

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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Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack)

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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).

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Students get an opportunity to develop skills in both traditional and advanced manufacturing techniques and learn how to apply the design process from concept right through to fully finished furniture projects using hardwoods and other materials. Students also learn design for manufacture principles using computer aided design, CNC technology, laser equipment and 3D printing using state of the art equipment in our dedicated machinehalls and computer laboratories.

All students undertake a twenty-week full time Work Placement in third year in industry. GMIT Letterfrack has developed an international network of companies and students can choose to work in countries in the USA, UK and elsewhere in Europe. This is always a fantastic learning experience for students.

In fourth year of the honours degree students acquire professional skills enabling them to work at higher levels within companies and students undertake a design development project, learn about entrepreneurship, the design profession and project management. Student also undertake a major research project in an rea of interest to them.

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GA981 - Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

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GA981 - Furniture Design and Manufacture (Letterfrack)
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Graduates of this programme have a wide range of career options and have no difficulty finding employment with very strong demand for those with a blend of design and manufacturing skills.

Graduates enter the segment of the industry that most appeals to them, ranging from craft-based workshops to modern furniture manufacturers. Graduates are employed directly into the creative industries in areas of design, interior architecture and bespoke furniture. Others work at senior technical or management positions or sometimes go on to establish their own businesses. Progression opportunities exist to masters programmes within GMIT or elsewhere.

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