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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

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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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute


Applied Science - Pharmacy Studies

Code:  5M3807 PH
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Regulatory Affairs Specialist   Geochemist  
Engineer - Petroleum   Engineer - Biochemical  
Biomedical Scientist   Chemistry Laboratory Technician  
Colour Technologist   Genetic Engineer  
Haematologist   Fragrance Chemist  
Medicinal Chemist   Flavourist / Food Chemist  
Regulatory Affairs Officer   Regulatory Affairs Manager  
Toxicologist   Engineer - Chemical  
Pharmacologist   Industrial Chemist  
Molecular Biologist   Chemist  
Engineer - Production & Process    Analytical Chemist  
Geneticist   QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst  
Biological / Microbiological Scientist   Biotechnologist  
Biochemist   Materials Technician  
Metallurgist   Pharmaceutical Technician  
Biology Laboratory Technician   Consumer Scientist  

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Medical & Healthcare
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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