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.
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Study Skills - 12 Things you need to know

First Things First
Use Time Wisely
Get Organised
Learn How To Read
Schedule Your Time
Listen And Take Notes
Hand In Neat Work
Ask Questions
Help Other People
Anticipate Exam Questions
Do More Than You Are Asked
Use What You Learn




 

 
1 - First Things First (5:06)

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Worksheets

We have several worksheets to support the use of the Study Skills test for secondary school students. Click on the links below to download these sheets in Adobe PDF format.

Workbook:
Learning Skills Workbook

Worksheets:
Place of Study
Organisation
Motivation and Goal Setting
Reading Skills
Note Taking Skills
Revising and Exam Preparation
Examination Performance