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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Computing & Networking Graduates

Ray Shannon
Software Development

Software Engineer UNUM Irelan

The course provided me with a wide and varied curriculum at a high standard and I was able to determine my preferred area of IT. With a high concentration of practical labs and projects, I obtained great confidence in development and have a positive approach to any challenge that faces me today.

As a graduate of IT Carlow I was able to gain employment at UNUM Ireland as a Software Engineer. My current role exposes me to the latest technologies and design principles in software development. I am currently working on data intake applications which enable customers to enrol for their annual premium subscriptions, a multi-billion dollar sector of our business. I am also part of a team that creates and suggest new support tools and application improvements to ensure we are keeping up with and taking the lead in the insurance premium industry.

Having completed my Honours Degree in Software Development at IT Carlow, I am confident I have the knowledge and skills required to be successful in my career. I found that IT Carlow’s reputation within the IT industry offered many opportunities, for myself and my fellow students, with many large multi-national companies and created a solid stepping stone into an ever increasing and exciting industry.

Dominik Chomic
Software Development

Mobile Developer at WorldNet TPS

I think that the course was really great as I learned a lot about computers in general. I really liked the structure of the course which helped me to study throughout the year and prepare for the final exams.

 I am working as a Mobile Developer at WorldNet TPS. We are a payment company. We provide transaction processing systems to payment providers. Our systems help clients to accelerate their payment innovation by improving their payment products. I am working on a chip & pin enabled mobile payment application which can take card payments anytime and anywhere using your smartphone. My responsibilities are making sure that the application is working as expected, adding new features to the app, integrating new devices and obviously testing of the app.

The programme gave me a lot of skills and knowledge to understand how to develop a software for mobile devices. I also learned android in my free time which is also my hobby.I enjoyed my time in IT Carlow as a student. It was a great experience for me. 

Tracey Cassells
Computer Games Development

Researcher IT Carlow

The four years I spent as a Games Development student have been the most interesting, rewarding, challenging and fun years of my life. This course introduced me to so many new ideas and technologies and gave me a fantastic network of people with a similar love of computer games. The lecturers are incredibly supportive and are always willing to discuss new ideas. From the very start of the course, I felt I had made the right choice and I loved my time at IT Carlow.

After receiving the President’s Fellowship Scholarship from IT Carlow, I am continuing my studies in Games Development with postgraduate research in Gamification. As a research student in GameCORE, I have had the responsibility of working on a large-scale project, while gaining new knowledge and skills. As a graduate, I have had the opportunity to teach and assist students, which has been an invaluable experience that I have enjoyed immensely.  Part of my research involves traveling to conferences, in both Ireland and abroad to talk to like-minded peers and present my research.

During my time as a computer games development student I learned all the necessary skills in software design, coding and testing to be a developer and I gained an important insight into how games are created and how the different game mechanics work and affect players. My undergraduate years gave me core skills to build upon, and the passion for computer games I felt during this course has given me a lifelong love of software development.

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