My main tasks
I test in-process samples in real-time. This means that when we manufacture the active ingredient for our medicines, and any problems occur, I make suggestions for possible fixes.
You need to be very organised in my job, able to multi-task many situations at once, be able to react quickly to problems and think on your feet. You need to have excellent communication skills and be able to work in a team environment.
What I like
Being part-responsible for millions of euros worth of chemical products each time I am in work is exciting, as well as being a serious responsibility.
Also, being involved in the transfer of new medicines to production as they are developed.
Shift work can be very tiring – the body just doesn’t function the same at 4 o’clock in the morning!
Work / life balance
Shift work in particular allows for an excellent work-life balance and I have plenty of time to spend with my family and pursue my hobbies when I am not in work.
Who influenced me
My parents took a huge interest in my education and encouraged me to work hard and study a subject that would lead to a good career.
Most useful aspects of my education
All the organic chemistry modules touched on aspects of drug-manufacture reaction and synthesis and these are things I have always used in my career.