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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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 Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

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70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 

70 New Jobs for Tramore with nearForm

Tramore-based software firm nearForm will look to add as many as 70 staff this year as it seeks to double or treble the size of its business.

Part of the expansion will involve hiring 20 engineers to work in the Waterford town, on projects the company is working on for its client base, which includes media giant Conde Nast and Saks Fifth Avenue.

nearForm currently employs around 70 people across Waterford, Europe and North America, up from 35 last March.

"We're looking for a mixture of really good grads in software engineering, and then experienced people probably from the service side."

"We grew to about €6m in revenue last year, just purely ourselves. We got the business up and running ourselves, started small and developed it. And we're on a trajectory now to at least double or triple our business this year. That's kind of where we're heading," chief executive and co-founder Cian O'Maidin told the Sunday Independent.

The company is a specialist in Node.js - a relatively new technology that enables companies to build big software systems more quickly.

O'Maidin is a native of Tramore - famous for its surfing - and said he and his co-founder Richard Rodger (from Waterford) decided to keep the business there despite the fact that "life would have been easier if we had moved to the States".

"We decided not to do that, we decided to stay local and make it work from here. What's great by doing that is that you find there's a lot of smart people in the South East of Ireland, and also people maybe who formerly lived in the South East of Ireland who want to move back here. When you get a company like ourselves who are working on interesting things and quite cutting edge stuff, when you can have the lifestyle of living in a seaside's kind of like a hidden gem down in the South East."


The CareresPortal Team