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Fergus O'Connell

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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Inchicore College of Further Education

Inchicore College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

The HND in BUSINESS is an internationally recognised qualification. This course aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding required to work effectively in a business environment and to develop specialist expertise in the area of their choice: legal procedure and practice or accounting. This is a two-year full time course, which requires college attendance four days per week. Work experience one day a week in a legal or business setting is an integral part of the course and is therefore compulsory. Students are given the opportunity to study additional legal or accounting modules in each year. The balance between the academic and the practical application of skills gives students a unique opportunity to prepare for further study and employment.

What will you Study?

Organisations & Behaviour
Marketing Principles
Aspects of Contract & Negligence for Business
Business Decision Making
Business Strategy
Research Project
Business Environment









Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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