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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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TA321
Pharmaceutical Sciences

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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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4 Years
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The first three years are common with the Pharmaceutical Science course. The duration of the honours degree course is four years and includes a work placement for 6-8 months in Year 3, as part of the Student Industrial Placement Programme (SIPP).

In third year students specialise in either pharmaceutical science, targeted at the chemical-based pharmaceutical industry, or biopharmaceutical science, targeted at the biotechnology-based pharmaceutical industry. In fourth year, students study their specialised area in more detail, as well as some common modules. In addition students complete a project over the two semesters that develops laboratory, scientific communication and project management skills.

The course work is almost equally divided between practical laboratory classes and lecture classes. The programme is designed to help students deepen their knowledge of and develop practical skills in, chemical and biological industrial processes. Students learn how to apply these valuable skills in solving technical problems in industry. In addition they learn about the operation of the biopharmaceutical industry and the quality control and manufacturing systems employed by industry.

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TA321 - Pharmaceutical Sciences
IT Tallaght

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TA321 - Pharmaceutical Sciences
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This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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The pharmaceutical industry is involved in the making of drug molecules, drug ingredients, tablets, injections and creams which are used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. Ireland is a key location for the pharmaceutical and chemical industry in Europe. Honours graduates are also in a position to pursue research studies to M.Sc.or PhD level or can further their studies with a taught-masters in a relevant discipline.



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