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 PharmaChemical Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Fergus O'Connell

Quality Officer

PharmaChemical 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.
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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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Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012 


Monday, March 26, 2012 




Minister Launches eSkills Week 2012

Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD today launched e-Skills week 2012 at the ‘eFuture – Inspiring the Next Generation’ event in the Clock Tower Building at the Department of Education and Science.

The event, a joint initiative between ICT Ireland, the IBEC group that represents the high tech sector, and Fast Track to IT (FIT) highlighted the importance of e-Skills for students and young adults who are about to embark on their career journey.

Speaking at the event Minister Cannon said: "The European e-Skills week is a great initiative to show people how to get jobs in today’s economy. E-skills are becoming essential in almost every business sector of the economy and are fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. Equipping all our young people with e-skills will play an crucial role in transforming our society.

Highlighting the importance of the eFuture -Inspiring the Next Generation event, Paul Sweetman, Director of ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association said: ‘Campaigns such as the European E-skills week and the Smart Futures campaign are critical to increasing the awareness of the opportunities and jobs generated through technology. There remains enormous demand for technology skills. Over 1900 jobs have been announced by the sector in 2012. Demand for skills in a variety of roles continues."

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ICT Ireland press release, 26/3/2012

 




Do Not Engage In Sexual Or Romantic Relationships At Work

  

At first, having a romantic relationship with a co-worker seems uncomplicated. It's what happens later thats the problem. Think carefully before leaping. An office romance might be tempting, but it's playing with fire.

            
 

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Naturalist
Naturalist
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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