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 Dr Jan Steiner from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Try and get as much practical experience before entering the job as possible.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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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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Biotechnology involves the use of living organisms (mostly microbes) to produce useful products. It includes traditional processes like brewing, cheesemaking and modern developments such as genetic engineering which can lead to new drugs against cancer and other diseases.

At the start of your course you will be introduced to the basic sciences, mathematics and computing. As you progress you will discover more comprehensive areas of biotechnology, ranging from genetics and process engineering to immunology and gene cloning.

In third year, specialist areas are introduced.

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DC181 - Biotechnology

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DC181 - Biotechnology
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Distinctions in 5 modules including 4 from the following modules:
C20011 or 5N2747
C20006 or 5N2746
C20048 or 5N1460
C20139 or 5N1833
C20033 or 5N2751

and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833

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In year three there is an opportunity to work in industry as part of a paid industrial training programme (INTRA).

Graduaes enter careers in Production Quality Control, Research and Development Sales and Marketing, and also work in the areas of Brewing, Food Processing, Pharmaceutical, Fine Chemical Manufacture and Education.

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