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 BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


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.

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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Defence Forces 2015 Cadetship Open for Applications

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Defence Forces 2015 Cadetship Open for Applications

Friday, April 24, 2015 

Defence Forces 2015 Cadetship Open for Applications

The Defence Forces are looking for candidates with leadership potential, commitment, a sense of duty and a high level of physical fitness, in order to fill essential appointments in the:

  • Army Line
  • Army Equitation
  • Air Corps Pilot
  • Naval Service Operations
  • Naval Service Electrical Engineer
  • Naval Service Marine Engineer

Closing date for this competition is 1st May, 2015

Applications can be made by the following:


Candidates must be 18 years of age or above and under 28 years of age on the closing date for receipt of applications which is 1st May 2015.

All of the Cadetships are open to male and female applicants on an equal basis.

Candidates are advised to read the Full Terms and Conditions for this camapaign before commencing their application.

To make an application through Irish send an email to to request an application form.

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