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 Natasha Ibanez from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Natasha Ibanez

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Natasha Ibanez
An education in Mechanical Engineering would be preferable. I would advise them to get as much diverse work experiences as possible, even if these jobs are not engineering related.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Train in biopharma for free

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Train in biopharma for free

Friday, June 09, 2017 

Train in biopharma for free

Would you like to train in biopharma for free?

The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) has announced the launch of Springboard 2017, free, part-time, accredited training courses.

This year, for the first time, Springboard courses in bio-pharma will be open to people irrespective of their current employment status. Applications are open from May 29th 2017.

The programmes which start in September 2017 are free of charge and are funded under the Springboard programme. Programmes feature placements in NIBRT’s award winning facilities to provide applicants with the practical skills and experience required by the pharmaceutical industry.

What are the employment opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry?

The industry provides a wide range of employment opportunities across all levels for operators, technicians, engineers, analysts, graduates, administration and support staff. There has been significant recent investment in the sector.

What is Springboard?

Springboard is a Government funded initiative to provide free, part-time, accredited training programmes for those who are currently unemployed.

Why should I choose a NIBRT Springboard programme?

NIBRT programmes are specifically designed to meet the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry and the job seeking candidate including:

  • A strong track record of NIBRT candidates obtaining employment in a dynamic sector with blue chip employers. 
  • Placements in NIBRT’s award winning facilities to provide candidates with the practical skills and experience required by Industry.
  • Flexible distance learning programmes. - Modules in career support and development.
  • Instructors with extensive experience in training the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Accreditation by Higher Education Institutes.

How do I register for a course?

Candidates should register for their course of choice as soon as possible via

For further information contact NIBRT on to discuss any aspect of the programme.

The CareersPortal Team