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 Fergus O'Connell from PharmaChemical Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

PharmaChemical 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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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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DFS furnishes Dublin with a store 


Tuesday, January 03, 2012 




DFS furnishes Dublin with a store

DFS the large British furniture chain, is advancing plans to open a store in Dublin in the first quarter of this year. The chain is preparing to enter the market just weeks after Flanagans, one of the largest indigenous players in the market, went bust.

DFS, which has 82 stores worldwide, is likely to create up to 30 jobs at its Dublin store. It has already started offering staff positions on its website click here.

Furniture has been one of the hardest hit areas of Irish retail, as house-building has slowed. Publicly quoted DFS said last month that it was to press ahead with expansion plans, which would create 300 jobs, despite a fall in profits.

Brian Carey - The Sunday Times 01/01/12

 




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Administrative
Administrative
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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