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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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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LC253
Construction

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This programme provides the student with an understanding of the construction of buildings including methods of construction, types of building materials, services in buildings (e.g heating, air conditioning, etc.), production of construction drawings, surveying & setting out, building safety and law, etc.
 
This programme also addresses the economics of construction, sustainable construction technologies and sustainable building services, which provides the student with an understanding of how to construct buildings in a sustainable manner in the construction industry of the future.


 
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LC253 - Construction
Limerick IT

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LC253 - Construction
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