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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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Disabilities A-Z

In this A-Z of disabilities we look at a range of disabilities and their characteristics in the context of educational and career progression:

  • How does the disability impact learning skills and development?
  • How does the disability impede educational opportunity and progression?
  • What learning tips and strategies are there for students with this difficulty?
  • What supports are out there for students with this particular difficulty or disability?
  • How will it impact on career choice and progression?

Each section includes links to relevant resources and additional information.

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Important Changes to DARE 2017

Note: The DARE Application focus 2017 has undergone some important changes. Click image above for updated DARE information booklet.


Useful Links
Numbers of Students with Disabilities Studying in Higher Education in Ireland 2012/13 
New statistical report released this year from AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability.
Numbers of Students with Disabilities Studying in Higher Education in Ireland 2013/14 
Statistical report from AHEAD (February 2015), the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability.
Numbers of Students with Disabilities Studying in Higher Education in Ireland 2014/15 
Statistical report from AHEAD (May 2016),the Association for Higher Education Access & Disability.
Disability Access Route to Education
Higher Education Access Route
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