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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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Dutch Universities coming to Cork to Meet Irish Students

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Dutch Universities coming to Cork to Meet Irish Students

Thursday, February 25, 2016 

Dutch Universities coming to Cork to Meet Irish Students

 "OMG, We're Going Dutch" college information event is taking place in Fota Park, Cork on Thursday 10th March 2016. Eleven Dutch universites are lined up to meet Irish students and their families, and explore the opportunities available in the Netherlands.

With over 500 Irish students now registered on degree programmes, taught through English, in Dutch universities, the universities themselves are starting to notice.

On foot of a successful event in Dublin, organised by EUNiCAS, ELEVEN of these universities are visiting Cork, to speak to prospective Irish students and their families. Importantly, Irish students, currently studying in the Netherlands, will be available for a chat on the night.

So why the Netherlands?

Guy Flouch of the Irish-based EUNiCAS application support service, highlights the following reasons:

  • There are some nine Dutch research universities higher ranked than Trinity and UCC, and some extremely well-resourced Universities of Applied Sciences.
  • Dutch universities are not particularly interested in your Leaving Cert points [or your grades, for postgraduate programmes] for entry.
  • Tuition Fees which, at EUR1984, are already very low, can be recouped by way of a low-interest loan from the Dutch government.
  • The attractiveness of graduates from these institutions, to employers, in an increasingly globalised employment market, it is definitely worth thinking about”

The Dutch Ambssador, Paul Schellekens, has agreed to launch the event. Also speaking will be Ingrid van der Vorst, HR Director of Heineken, who will be addressing the benefits of internatonalising your CV. Representatives of the universities, and their students, will also be speaking.

More on Studying Abroad here

Participating universities include:

University of Groningen, University of Maastricht, University of Twente, Radboud University, Stenden UAS, Saxion UAS, NHTV Breda UAS, HAN UAS, InHolland UAS, Windesheim UAS and Rotterdam Business School.

In addition, EUNICAS will be available to give information and advice on a wide range of programmes, including medicine, from a wider range of countries.

Subject areas offered by these institutions, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, include:

International Law, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Business, Game Design, Medicine, Public Health, Biomedicine, International Relations/European Studies, Languages, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Hotel Management, and many more.

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Book now, while there are still places left. Register for OMG We're Going Dutch here.

If you can't make the Cork event, Student World are hosting about 30 global universities in London and Dublin, later in April. Register for these events here.

Contact  EUNiCAS for any further details of these events.

The CareersPortal Team