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 Rachel Berry from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rachel Berry

Pharmacist

Health Service Executive

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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Naturalist?
Naturalist 
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Study in UK or Abroad

Every year hundreds of students opt to leave Ireland to study and they make this choice for a variety of reasons: it's an alternative to the CAO system; entry requirements may be easier; access to courses abroad that are not available in Ireland; they simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.

Studying in the UK - UCAS 

The UK includes Northern Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. It has been the main University destination for Irish students opting to leave home to study, as well as for thousands of students annually from a wide range of international countries.

UCAS is the admissions service for higher education in the UK. Like the CAO system here in Ireland, UCAS manages all of the applications for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 UK universities and colleges. The application process is very different to the CAO.

The first deadline for applying to UCAS is in mid October each year. The deadline for the majority of UK courses is January 15 at 6pm. Exceptions to this are veterinary, medicine, dentistry and any Oxford and Cambridge applications, which close in October, and art courses, which close in March.

Also unlike the CAO system, UCAS applications involve completing a Personal Statement, providing an academic reference and providing information about work experience. As well as the extra work involved in preparing an application, UCAS also send the completed application to each college for which a student applies.

All UCAS applications are made online through ucas.com.

It is important to consider the differences between systems in Ireland and other countries when considering studying abroad i.e. Application procedures, Duration of courses, College Fees and Living Expenses. Detailed information on Studying Abroad, including the UK, Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand is available here.

Study Abroad - EUNiCAS

Degree programmes in Universities across Europe are growing in popularity and the number of Irish students securing places in public universities in Europe is also increasing, particularly in the Netherlands, where non-health science subjects including politics, business, international law, liberal arts, psychology, and science are attracting students from Ireland in large numbers.

EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service. It provides information for Irish students on degree programmes taught through English, in Universities across Europe. You can register with EUNiCAS and access advice and support as well as get regular updates on new programmes and developments.


What are your Career Interests?

Investigative
Investigative
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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