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With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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200 new jobs on the way for Cork with Janssen

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200 new jobs on the way for Cork with Janssen

Thursday, October 05, 2017 

200 new jobs on the way for Cork with Janssen

Pharma company Janssen Sciences Ireland has announced a €300 million expansion of its Ringaskiddy facility in Cork harbour, and the creation of 200 new jobs.

Janssen is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. An additional 450 jobs will be created during the construction phase, which is due to begin later this month and is expected to take two years.

In a statement issued by Janssen, General Manager, Kyran Johnson said the expansion will allow the company to meet demand for its drugs in the areas of multiple myeloma, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.

Janssen Sciences Ireland UC has operated a bio-pharmaceutical facility on its 40 hectare site at Ringaskiddy since 2005, with 555 people currently employed at the site. Johnson & Johnson employs more than 2,700 people overall at 11 sites across Ireland.


Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Janssen are available here.

The announcement has been welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald and the CEO of IDA Martin Shanahan, who said it will have a significant economic impact on the south west region.

The CareersPortal Team