Shada Warreth
Shada Warreth works in NIBRT as a Senior Bioprocessing Trainer. She tells Smart Futures about the diversity of her role.
Job title
Senior Bioprocessing Trainer
Bioprocessing Research
National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT)

My name is Shada Warreth. I work in NIBRT as a Senior Bioprocessing Trainer. I have always loved swimming, long walks, cooking and travelling as well as psychology.


Describe an interesting day in your current position.

Going abroad to deliver lectures or attend a conference as well as meeting new people and different personalities on a regular basis.


What do you love about your current role?

The diversity in my role, my great colleagues and the opportunity to use my skills and continue to grow as a person. I’m am very fortunate in my role as not all jobs offer this opportunity.


What has been the most surprising element of your job?

That it was meant to be a three month job but I am still here after eight years!


Do you get to work with any new technologies?

Yes. As part of my role we need to learn about the latest technologies so we can pass on the knowledge to the trainees to teach.


Do you ever get to travel abroad for work?

Yes. We travel to deliver training or attend conferences. In fact two of my colleagues will be travelling all the way to Mexico this year to deliver a training course.


What kind of other experts do you work with on a day to day basis?

Facility, marketing and finance experts. Also, ou trainees come from a variety of departments from mostly the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry.


Is your current job, and the work of the wider team, making a difference in the world?

I would like to think so. Its one of the major reasons I am still in my job. As trainers/lecturers we thrive in teaching and passing on what we know. In the end we are teaching those who make medicines for sick people to help them be better at their job.


Do you feel that you fit the stereotypical description of a person in your role?

I’m not sure about that one. I am originally from Libya, I am a Muslim and I wear the Hijab (headscarf). So, I guess I wouldn’t be representing typical Trainer found in Ireland. 


 If a young person told you that they would like to get into your role, what advice would you give them?

 If you are creative, enjoy learning and passing it on to others then I would say go for it. If you enjoy what you do, you wake up every day looking forward to doing it and getting better at it.


 Did you complete any sort of placement or internship during your studies? If so, did it prepare you for what you do now?

 I did a six month placement as part of my undergrad degree. It defiantly prepared me for the “big bad world” I learned so much. I actually went back to work there a few months after I graduated.


Name one thing on your bucket list.

To complete a PhD.


What living person do you most admire, and why?

My parents who devoted their life to giving us a great stress-free life and continue to do so.