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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BA in Creative Digital Media at IT Tallaght

Posted on October 17, 2017

As a Creative Media student at IT Tallaght, you’ll be thinking, designing and creating from your first days in the door. The course attracts ambitious, talented people who want a practical, hands-on education that prepares them for careers in the media and cultural sectors.

An exciting range of practice-based modules allows students to specialise as they move through the programme. You’ll also be studying and discussing the role of the media in society keeping an eye to emerging 21st century social and technological trends.

To give you an idea of what's involved in the course, our website was designed and developed by third year students as part of their project work, have a look here.


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