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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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Junior Cycle - Classical Studies

Subject Group: Humanities
These subjects explore the ways in which humans live and communicate in the world. Human life is examined by looking at our past, our present and into our future. These subjects help people to express themselves clearly and develop their reasoning ability.

Brief Description:

In Classical Studies, you will study the classical civilisations of Ancient Greece and Rome, which continue to inspire and stimulate today's generation as they have every generation since classical times. You will learn how they continue to help to shape the Ireland you live in today.


How will Classical Studies be useful to me?

Classical Studies will be useful to you in:

  • helping you solve problems and thinking for yourself when working with others
  • giving you a broader understanding of Europe and Ireland
  • expanding your vocabulary and general knowledge.

You can also continue studying Classical Studies at third level when you leave school.



Note: From September 2017, first year students will take a combined single subject called Classics, in place of the current subjects of Latin, Ancient Greek and Classical Studies.


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View / Download Classical Studies Factsheet [pdf file]
View / Download full curriculum [pdf file]
http://www.pdst.ie/node/153

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