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Quality Officer

BioPharmachem Ireland

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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Interior Architecture & Design HND

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St. John's Central College

St. John's Central College
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Course Description

The Higher National Diploma in Interior Design provides an opportunity for students to create exciting, dynamic and innovative commercial interior environments. Learners will be introduced to contemporary design concepts as well as the necessary technological and organisational skills. The HND is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work-related emphasis. The course provides learners with all the practical skills to allow progression directly into employment or to the final year of an Honours Degree programme.

What will you Study?

Communications (6N1950)
Personal & Professional Development (6N1949)
Design Skills (6N3446)
Drawing (6N3569)
Professional Presentation (6N4006)
3D Design Materials (6N4905)
Architectural Model Making (6N4908)
Building Construction (5N1570)
3D Interior Design Methods (6N5447)







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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Landscape Architect / Designer   Animator  
Ceramics Designer   Photographer  
Potter / Ceramicist   Arts Administrator  
Sculptor   Costume Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Digital Media Designer  
Typographer   Artist  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Industrial/Product Designer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Craft Designer   Interior Architect / Designer  
Architect   Architect - Conservation  
Taxidermist   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Illustrator  
Packaging Designer   Creative Director  
Dressmaker   Fashion Designer  
Film / Video Editor   Graphic Designer  
Screen Printer   Musical Instrument Technician  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   French Polisher  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Glassmaker  
Modelmaker   Instrument Craftsperson  
Teacher - Art and Design    Quantity Surveyor (QS)  
Property Surveyor    Architectural Technician / Technologist  
Housing Officer / Manager   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Domestic Services Manager   Builders' Merchant  
Property Manager   BIM (Building Information Modelling) Professional  
Concrete Finisher   Facilities Manager  
Painter / Decorator   Estimator / Cost Engineer  
Auctioneer   Cartographic Draughtsperson  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
Art, Craft & Design
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