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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rachel Berry


Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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CAO STEM Courses Search Wizard

STEM Courses may be found in all Career Sectors. The following search finds courses in the sectors most commonly associated with STEM. Use the CAO Wizard search for courses in a wider range of career sectors.

Work down through the following 5 steps. It's OK to skip steps if you wish.


1. Select study areas (max 4)

Select one, two, three or four areas that interest you most. You can return to this screen as often as you like to make different selections
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  Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics  
    Building, Construction and Property        
    Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences        
    Earth Science & Environment        
    Electronic & Electrical Engineering        
    Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing        
    Physical & Mathematical Sciences        
    Space Science and Technology        
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2.Choose a level...

Select the qualification levels you want to include in your search.
  Levels 6 & 7
(Higher Certificate, Ordinary Degree)

  Level 8
(Honours Degree, Higher Diploma)

3. Estimate your CAO points...

Enter the total points score from your best 6 subjects, and add at least 50.
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(Enter a number higher than you expect to get - in many courses points are falling!)


4. Course Requirements...

Some courses have specific requirements. Tick the boxes that apply
to you.
  Maths Level: Foundation   Ordinary   Higher
  Lab Science: More Info No      
  Modern Language: No      
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5. What Region or College...

Some courses have specific requirements, you can enter these here.


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If you want to confine your list to one college only select a college below.




6. Include Non-CAO courses...


Some colleges offer courses directly to students outside of the CAO application system. Applications are made directly to the college. Points are not used for entry, although there may be specific subject requirements. Course fees apply.  

Feel free to return to this page to increase or reduce your course list by changing your responses to any of the steps above.