|►||Choosing A Career|
|►||The Importance of Knowing Yourself|
|►||Exploring Education Options|
|►||Looking for Work|
|►||Growing your Career|
|►||Where to find Professional Advice|
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:
|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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|►||Building, Construction & Property|
|►||Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|►||Computers & ICT|
|►||Earth Science & Environment|
|►||Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|►||Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing|
|►||Physical & Mathematical
|►||Space Science & Technology|
|►||Accountancy & Taxation|
& Public Relations
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|►||The Irish Education System|
|►||School & College Education|
|►||Government Upskilling Initiatives|
|►||Guide to Studying Abroad|
|►||Studying in the UK|
|►||Studying in Europe|
|►||Studying in the USA|
|►||Studying in Australia or New Zealand|
|Dunboyne College of Further Education|
|Dublin City University - DCU|
|Cabra Community College|
|Friday 20 January|
|Waterford College of Further Education - Open Day|
|Saturday 21 January|
|Galway-Mayo IT - GMIT - GMIT Open Morning|
|Saturday 21 January|
|The Lir Academy - Four day Audition Preparation Masterclass|
|Saturday 21 January|
|Limerick IT - LIT - CAO Portfolio Workshops for Animation/Game Art & Design LIT Clonmel|
|Monday 23 January|
|IT Tallaght - ITT - Computing programmes starting 23rd January 2017|
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|►||The Changing World of Work|
|►||Career Stories from around Ireland|
|►||Types of Employment|
|►||Changing Career Direction|
|►||Starting Your Own Business|
Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.
Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.
Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.
This programme prepares students for a profession as a Pharmacy Technician in either a hospital or community pharmacy. It develops practical, professional and academic skills required to assist in the various activities of the pharmacy, not requiring the professional judgement of the pharmacist.
The skills learned on this programme include knowledge of prescription and non-prescription medicines, and how they are formulated and used to treat illnesses. Students will develop medical knowledge to recognise common illnesses and communication skills to liaise with pharmacists and counsel patients on healthcare issues, including the various healthcare schemes available in Ireland.
Students will gain experience in dispensing procedures and practices and be able to interpret prescriptions and prepare medicines for dispensing. They will be able to maintain patient records and operate pharmacy computer systems. They will also be able to supply non-prescription medicines in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Students will have a detailed course in Health and Safety to ensure they will carry out their duties in a safe manner.
Furthermore, central to the philosophy of the course is that graduates will have a theoretical and practical training in basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, microbiology, maths, and pharmacology. These subjects support the pharmacy technician profession, and also provide a pathway to higher qualifications, including BSc Pharmacy.
Work Placement: The programme includes a Pharmacy placement, which can be carried out either in a hospital or community pharmacy. This allows the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and skills. This work placement is flexible and time allowances can be accumulated working in a Pharmacy throughout the duration of the programme. Prior experience in a pharmacy can be considered as part of the placement. Please note, while encouraged, payment for this placement is not guaranteed, and is subject to arrangement between student and placement pharmacy.
|To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]
To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.Search for PLC Courses offering these awards
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A rewarding career as a Pharmacy Technician, with many employment opportunities in community and hospital pharmacy awaits graduates of this programme. Other employment opportunities include medical sales for pharmaceutical suppliers.
Progression opportunities for further study also exist, including Pharmacy Degrees and Pharmaceutical and Scientific Qualifications in Ireland and elsewhere. Opportunities exist within the school to transfer to an honours degree in Pharmaceutical Healthcare. Recent evidence suggests that in addition to offers of pharmacy study in the UK, graduates are also being interviewed to study BSc Pharmacy in Ireland.
|Wednesday 25 January|
|Dublin IT - DIT - CAO Information Evening|
|Monday 6 March|
|Dublin IT - DIT - DIT Portfolio Submission Dates|
|Tuesday 27 June|
|Dublin IT - DIT - DIT Hospitality Management and Tourism Live Q and A|
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This course prepares people for work relating to the following Career Sectors. Click to explore more...
If you are interested in this course, then these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
|Patent Agent / Attorney|
|Manager - Hospital / Healthcare|
|Production Manager - Manufacturing|
|QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Manager|
|Chemistry Laboratory Technician|
|Clinical / Medical Technologist|
|Dentist - General|
|Doctor / GP|
|Engineer - Biomedical|
|Engineer - Chemical|
|Engineer - Production & Process|
|Engineer - Sterilisation|
|Engineer - Test / Validation|
|Flavourist / Food Chemist|
|Materials Scientist / Technologist|