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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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TR072
Pharmacy

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Postgraduate courses allow learners to develop their knowledge of a subject to the maximum levels possible, or develop specific skills and expertise in addition to their undergraduate area of study. 

Masters degrees and post-graduate diplomas are awarded at Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Master degrees in Ireland typically last one (taught courses) or two (research based) years, while Postgraduate diplomas are typically one year.

Doctoral and higher doctorate awards are awarded at Level 10 on the NFQ, and may last several years.


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Postgraduate awards are much sought after in the workplace, as candidates have typically developed advanced analytical and systems skills in their chosen career area. Occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Examples include librarians, lawyers, many medical specialists, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, treasurers, and most scientists.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
5 Years
Duration of course
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560*

2014 Points

560*

Change from 2013: 

-5

Points History:

2013 - 565*
2012 - 570*
2011 - 550
2010 - 545
2009 - 550*
2008 - 545*
2007 - 555
2006 - 555*
2005 - 555*
2004 - 555*
2003 - 545*
2002 - 550
2001 - 545*
2000 - 540*

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Students take courses in a range of areas including biology, physiology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical analysis, physical pharmacy and pharmacognosy, among others. In the final year, you will undertake a research project and also prepare a dissertation on an aspect of pharmacy practice linked to a community, hospital, or industry option of your choice. From 2015 onwards, this is a 5 year programme leading to an MPharm (Pharmacy) Level 9 Degree. Year 5 is NOT funded under the HEA Free Fees Initiative - candidates will be liable for fees.


 
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TR072 - Pharmacy
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TR072 - Pharmacy
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

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This course does not appear to accept QQI awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Lead to career as pharmaceutical chemist, hospital pharmacy, research or marketing in the pharmacy industry.



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