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 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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Officer Cadetships in Defence Forces

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Officer Cadetships in Defence Forces

Saturday, April 09, 2016 

Officer Cadetships in Defence Forces


Officer Cadetships 2016

We live in a world of diversity; the Defence Forces needs men and women from all backgrounds. Play your part.

The Defence Forces are now accepting applications for Officer Cadetships. This is the training programme for officers in the Defence Forces and it's a fantastic opportunity for school leavers.

The Defence Forces recruit to fill officer roles from time to time and are currently seeking applicants for a variety of roles across the Army, the Air Corps and the Naval Service.

Applications are invited from school-leavers, graduates and existing service personnel who are aged between 18 and 28.

You must meet the minimum educational requirements, which include three HC3s and six subjects from one sitting of the Leaving Cert. Students who are sitting the Leaving Cert this year, or whoa re completing their Level 8 degree programme in 2016, are eligible to apply.

The selection process will involve psychometric testing, fitness testing, and competency-based interviewing. 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 17th April 2016.

  • Naval Service Electrical Engineer Cadetship - Application
  • Naval Service Marine Engineer Cadetship - Application

Candidates must be 18 years of age or above and under 28 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 17th April 2016

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Applications are ONLY being accepted online.

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