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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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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Adults in Ireland have tens of thousands of courses to choose from. They are run in all corners of the country - so it shouldn't be difficult to find one that suits you.

Many courses offer an award on completion, and so can be classified according to the level of the award. CareersPortal classify courses according to 5 Ed Zone's. These are also known as Job Zones (1-5) throughout the site in terms of the level of education required for each job or occupation we profile.

We have listed different course types based on Ed Zones to help you find a course at a level that suits you.

Ed Zone 1
All courses up to and including Junior Certificate standard (NFQ Levels 1 - 4)

Ed Zone 2
Covers Leaving Certificate and most one year Certificates (NFQ Level 5)

Ed Zone 3
Covers Advanced & Higher Certificates, typically two years of study after Leaving Cert. (NFQ Level 6)

Ed Zone 4
Mainly covers Degrees and equivalent. (NFQ Levels 7 & 8)

Ed Zone 5
Covers Postgraduate and specialist professional awards. (NFQ Levels 9 & 10)