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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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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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www.hse.ie
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Dr Steevens' Hospital
Steevens' Lane
Dublin 8
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Pharmacist
Rachel Berry
"I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of patient contact and that we have the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives"
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Rachel Berry
   
Social Worker
Mary Ita Heffernan
"Our main aim is to maintain a child in the care of its parents and all supports and interventions are given in an effort to achieve this"
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Mary Ita Heffernan
   
Ambulance/Paramedic
Keith Hayes
"The role of a paramedic is very demanding and it is challenging to ensure the patient receives the best level of care"
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Keith Hayes
   
Recruitment Manager
Frank Morrison
"Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored"
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Frank Morrison
   
Anaesthetist
Dr Jan Steiner
"I believe that it would be very helpful for every doctor to work as a nurse or nursing aid, at some stage in their career."
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Dr Jan Steiner
   
Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
"The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative"
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Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
   
Care Assistant
Lydia Peppard
"I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FETAC Level 5 training"
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Lydia Peppard
   
Speech and Language
Lisa Kelly
"I spend four mornings a week in a local primary school where there are two language units"
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Lisa Kelly
   
Midwife
Siobhan Canny
"We also attend to Caesarean deliveries and assist the mothers and fathers with the immediate care of the new born"
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Siobhan Canny