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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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DB565
Journalism

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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 is a three year programme. The degree is divided in to three levels and students take the programme in its entirety.

During level one, students are introduced to the basic elements and skills of the working skills of a journalist in addition to a range of cognate disciplines. .

At level two, students develop their writing and critical thinking abilities and receive training in specialised areas including feature writing / freelance journalism, shorthand, copy-editing, design and layout. 

At level three, advanced news and broadcast journalism techniques are taught, and specialist areas such as magazine, entertainment and social media reportage are also examined. New media journalism is covered in year three with the complementary modules, Online Journalism and Online Analytics. Students also undertake a final year project which allows them to explore a detailed journalistic investigation of their choosing.

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This degree prepares students for a wide range of careers in newspaper, magazine, broadcast and new media, as well as other professional positions in communications, marketing and public relations. Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of media-related careers.



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