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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up August 28th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up August 28th

Friday, August 28, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up August 28th

Today's round up includes the latest jobs announcements from the week as well as information on a free careers event for graduates and professionals. With the release of Round 2 CAO offers, there is also plenty of information and advice for students. Click on the links below for full details. 

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You can also explore the full list of all current vacancies on the government’s jobs portal JobsIreland

Useful Statistics ...

  • 2,536 New positions advertised this week on JobsIreland (17th - 23rd August)
  • 76,341 New positions advertised since the start of 2015. 

Education News ...

  • Round Two CAO Offers - Round Two offers are available to view online at from 6am on Thursday August 27.

    Check CAO POINTS 2015 

Students have until Wednesday 2nd September

at 5.15pm

to accept second round offers. 

  • CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. 

The CareersPortal Team