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 Louise Keane from PharmaChemical Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Keane

Compliance Manager

PharmaChemical Ireland

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  Louise Keane
In order to complete this job it was important to have a number of years experience in the industry. It was also important to have successfully completed a science degree and some aspects of the course were of benefit to me in the role.

Work in the pharma industry is interesting - it is important to be keen to change and learn. You need to be prepared to move with the changing needs of the industry in order to stay current. You need to be focused and organised in order to meet the demands of a busy, competitive sector of the health care business.
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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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