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 Karl Curran from Insurance to give some advice for people considering this job:


Karl Curran

Associate Director


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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!

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 Cork with Merck

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70 new Jobs for Cork with Merck

Friday, April 22, 2016 

70 new Jobs for Cork with Merck

Up to 70 new jobs are to be created at Merck’s Cork facility after two new R&D facilities were opened this week.

A new speciality membrane facility (SMF) and chromatography media facility (CMF) will see the creation new jobs in the region, with up to 70 new roles expected in the next 18 months.

Jobs will be created in the areas of: 

  • General manufacturing
  • R&D
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology 
  • Quality assurance

This will add to the already 700 people employed at Merck’s Cork operation, with 400 construction workers used to build the two specialist centres.

Based in Carrigtwohill, the closure of a similar facility in the US means that 90pc of the company’s entire membrane manufacturing, used as filtration for Merck’s products, will come from Cork, according to Martin McAuliffe, MD of the Cork operation.

“To get another investment in that area is very important to us, because it builds on what we already have here, and the second investment, then, which is chromatography media facility — that’s a new area for Cork,” he said.

“That’s important, because it’s a new departure for us and it gets us into a new area of the business that we can grow over time,” said McAuliffe, with the company’s R&D team set to expand significantly.

Merck currently have a number of job vacancies advertised online. Click here for more details on how to apply. 


The CareersPortal Team