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CPD Event for springboard students seeking work in the Biopharma Industry

CPD Event for springboard students seeking work in the Biopharma Industry

Published on: Monday, 08 January 2018

Springboard students from the Diploma in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Operations attended a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event in CIT in January.


These mature students who have previous qualifications took the tentatively steps back to education in September 2017 to complete this one year diploma course. On completing the course, the students are seeking to secure employment in the biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry. The course is not only focused on covering industrial relevant modules such as Validation Science, Upstream and Downstream Processing and Manufacturing Technology but is also committed to developing the student’s confidence in getting back into the workforce. The CPD day involves a number of talks and workshops from experienced representatives and consultants from industry and CIT. The primary aim of the CPD day is to equip the students with the necessary soft skills in preparing them for the recruitment selection process and the work place environment while keeping abreast with social media platforms.


Photo: Maria Nugent and Mary-Rose O’Sullivan delivering their workshop


The day began with a talk from Aisling Kerr, Talent Requisition Specialist from SimoTech, who discussed the “Top Twenty Interview Tips” taken from 4 years of experience of working within the recruitment arena. Aisling gave valuable insight from the recruiter’s point of view. This was followed by a two hour workshop from Mary Rose O’Sullivan and Maria Nugent from the Careers Service in CIT who purposely designed a number of group and individual exercises specific for the students to help raise awareness of their skills and strengths. They gave advice on preparing for interviews and answered queries regarding work placement. Mary Quirke who is a work placement co-ordinator delivered an one-hour interactive session on work placement discussing behaviour and professional ethics in the work environment. The day concluded with a two hour workshop from Grainne Bagnall ( Grainne has 15+ years in professional head hunting and recruitment. In her workshop, she gave useful tips on enhancing the student’s Linkedln profile in order to increase their contact base and engage with industry with the goal of maximising the student’s efforts in getting the job they want!


Author: Dr Caroline O’ Sullivan
Work Placement Co-ordinator
Process, Energy and Transport Engineering Department