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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Bray Institute of Further Education

Bray Institute of Further Education

Security Studies


Course Code(s):  5M2110 EE
QQI Award Code:  5M2110 Security Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to prepare students for employment in the security industry. The course material provides an introduction to the relevant areas of the industry in Ireland. An integral part of the course is the work placement, giving students on-the-job experience. This course can be a valuable addition to those who may apply to join An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces or the Prison Services. It has been designed to meet the needs of the security industry. Under the Private Security Services Act 2004 all security personnel are required to register and obtain a licence. Students who pass Basic Guarding, Security Industry Awareness and Door Security Procedures may apply for a Security licence under the Private Security Services Act 2004.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Legal Practice and Procedures
Security Industry Procedures
Safety and Health at Work
Work Experience
Door Security Procedures
Crisis Prevention
Guarding Skills
Communications
First Aid
Customer Service
Conflict Resolution
Self Defence

 

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