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.

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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Register Now for Career Zoo 10

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 

Register Now for Career Zoo 10

Are you a jobseeker? Career Zoo 10 is a FREE event for graduates and professionals providing a platform for talent and career opportunities to connect directly.

Date: Saturday 12th September

Venue: The Convention centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Time: 10 – 5pm.

Recent graduates or professionals have the chance to meet face to face with a wide variety of recruiting companies from a range of sectors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take part in career clinics, seminars and workshops.

Smart badging technology for employers and attendees will allow companies and candidates to digitally share content such as CVs, company profiles and videos.

Bank of Ireland have been announced as a sponsor of the event for the second time having hired 23 people at Career Zoo in February. Caroline McAniff, Recruitment Relationship Manager, said “At #CareerZoo10, we are looking to meet people who can make the connection between our customers and the technology that will help them achieve their needs. The way in which people bank is constantly evolving and, at Bank of Ireland, we are changing to meet these demands.”

“A career at Bank of Ireland provides people with the opportunity to work in exciting areas of business technology such as data, mobile, digital and customer experience. We are seeking candidates who understand and embrace this connectivity, and we are confident that we will find them at #CareerZoo10.”

Learn more about careers at Bank of Ireland directly from employees here.

Fintech giant Pramerica will also be sponsoring the event having recently announced 330 jobs to be created with a major expansion of its operations in Letterkenny.

Some of these jobs include:

  • IT managers
  • Project managers
  • Business analysts
  • Data scientists
  • Financial analysts
  • Software developers

I.T Allinace Group have also announced 25 new jobs as part of the expansion of its project management group which they will begin hiring for at Career Zoo 10. 

The event will also place emphasis on opportunities in Big Data and Fintech, women in tech and a Start-Up area to support new indigenous organisations.

Director at Career Zoo, Brian Ó hOisín commented “Bringing talent and opportunity together has always been our top priority and, with each Career Zoo event, we want to add even more new features to reflect current trends in the employment market and Ireland’s wider economy. This September, we will put the spotlight on Big Data and Fintech, areas that the government have identified as key priorities where we can gain considerable advantage."

As well as leading employers and organisations showcasing professional career opportunities, you can expect to see the return of:

  • Tech Town BioCluster (sponsored by Amgen)
  • The International Financial District
  • Tech Box
  • Coding workshops
  • Speaker Series: featuring key industry leaders and enlightening panel discussions

To register for this FREE event click here.


The CareersPortal Team