Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Degree & Certificate

Applying for the Course

The majority of the people are in their 30’s and 40’s with some in their 20’s and 50’s.
Ideally, you should have at least 5 years relevant work experience or a technical qualification in science or engineering and a minimum of a second level qualification (High School Diploma, Leaving Certificate, A or O Levels, etc).

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Is a Pharma Career for Me?
What Courses Should I Take?

These are conversion courses to help people leverage off their qualifications and work experience to move into a career in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing. They are not for fresh graduates.
We’ve had people from Production, Manufacturing, Engineering/Maintenance, Construction, Project Management, Architecture and Design, Food Production, Aircraft Maintenance, Quality, Science and IT and other roles take this course and successfully make the transition to a new role in pharma.
If you are unwilling to devote at least 15 hours a week for the duration of the course and an additional 5 to 10 hours a week to your job hunt (if you are transitioning into the industry) or if you are looking for a shortcut to an internationally recognised academically accredited qualification, this is not for you.
This is a level 7 Certificate Programme (Under the Bologna Process) and is academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and will help you meet any academic criteria for future employers.
DIT or The Dublin Institute of Technology is the largest third level institute in Ireland and has been ranked in the Top 100 Universities under 100 years old. It is backed and funded by the Irish Government.

Taking the Course

Online courses can start off great, but staying motivated can be a challenge. So, you’ll get regular feedback reports (and emails or phone calls if you fall behind) to keep you on track. In addition, people can get very isolated studying online so we reach will reach out to you regularly to make sure everything is going fine.
We usually start a new eBioPharmaChem and eValidation Courses every month. We start the Degree course 2 times a year.
Not anymore, we only deliver our courses online.
Yes, we have had lots of seasoned people take this course and successfully find a job in pharma.
Both eBioPharmaChem and eValidaton are each quarter parts of a degree programme. At the end of these 2 courses you will have covered 6 of the 12 modules you will need to study for the degree.
Yes, you can study eBioPharmaChem or and eValidation separately. You don’t have to commit to the full Degree.

Finding a Job

Ireland: Job prospects are excellent. Currently there are a large amount of jobs available in the Pharma Industry in Ireland. In 2015, over 3,100 jobs were available and so far in 2016 there has been over 350 new jobs each month.

USA: After a period of consolidation job prospects have improved enormously over the last few years.

We don’t find jobs for people, what we do is we train you to be ready for a job. We help you to write your CV for a particular job that you are targeting. Throughout the course you will receive career coaching content that will go through everything from CVs to interviews to networking to where to start looking for a job. The content was developed by people who work in pharmaceutical recruitment with first-hand knowledge and expertise on what is being looked for in the job application process

Finally we keep you up to date on the jobs available. We go through hundred’s websites and collate that information into one single location making your job hunt as easy as possible. Each job is hyperlinked to the company’s website so that you can start applying straight away.

Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Roche, Regeneron, Novartis, Amgen, Eli-Lilly, MSD, Abbott, Amgen, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Aventis, etc,
Check out our Irish Pharma Job Website Directory which has links to over 180 multinational and indigenous companies, engineering consultancies, recruitment companies, job websites and LinkedIn groups.
The types of role you’ll be able to apply for will be influenced by your qualifications and work background.
For example:

Manufacturing Background? Apply for these types of roles>>

Manufacturing Technical Specialist, Manufacturing Operations Associate, Technician (Manufacture/Production), Assembler, Chemical Processing Technician, Packing Machine Operator

Science Background? Apply for these roles >>

Chemist, Laboratory Analyst, Laboratory Technician

Quality Background? Apply for these roles >>

Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist, Quality Control (QC) Specialist, Project Quality Engineer, Quality Engineer, Associate Quality Engineer

Engineering and Maintenance Background, Apply for these roles >>

Engineer (Projects), Engineer (Production/Chemical), Associate Engineer, Electrician, Electronic Technician, HVAC Supervisor, HVAC Technician, Industrial Engineer, Instrumentation Engineer, Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Technician

Logistics Background? Apply for these roles >>

Procurement Specialist, Logistics Specialist

No Experience in these areas? Apply for these roles >>

Manufacturing Technical Specialist, Manufacturing Operations Associate, Technician (Manufacture/Production), Assembler, Packing Machine Operator

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What kind of Job can I get in Pharma based on my experience?

It depends on the company, the country and the role you are employed in.
Click here to see our Job Description and Salary Guide
Going from our experience over the last number of years, most people take somewhere between 7 to 11 months to find a job
We recommend allowing at between 5 to 10 hours a week every week for at least 20 weeks to give you the best chance of a successful transition into the industry. This process will be covered extensively in the career coaching section of the course.
Pharma jobs are well paid (30% above average) and thus are highly sought after. You are going to have competition with other people with your job hunt so you be prepared to work hard to get a job that will be secure and well paid.

Part-Time Courses

Very flexible! Because we deliver our courses online we can offer extreme flexibility and can easily slow down, speed up or pause the delivery.
We will appoint a dedicated course manager to you who will be there with you from the start to the end and will personally check your progress every week and follow up by email or even a phone call to keep you on schedule.
You will receive an end of course certificate from GetReskilled which along with others modules can build into an academic accreditation from the Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland) subject to the following criteria:

  • The submission of all assessments and the end of module assignment.
They are available worldwide and in certain US States. Contact us for details.
You will have your own personnel course coordinator who will check you logs at the beginning of every week and follow up with you to make sure you get to the end of the course.
Yes, you will have access to the materials for at least 6 months after you have finished the course.
First of all, we will do our best to help you achieve you educational goals but if you are not satisfied, we offer a 14 day money back guarantee after you have started the course.

Springboard Courses

Springboard is an Irish Government funded initiative to help transition people into different industries. Basically, Springboard will pay your course fees for our Certificate in eBioPharmaChem and Certificate in eValidation Courses.
Eligible people include those receiving JobSeekers Allowance, JobSeekers Benefit, One – Parent Family, Disability Allowance or are signing for credits. The full list of those eligible are available on the Springboard Website. The list is here.
Transition time across into the industry would be somewhere between 6 months and 9 months.
The course takes about 14 hours a week study time.
Note: The study time could be much less or much more depending on the level of familiarity with the material.
All our courses are delivered online so there are no long commutes, traffic jams or crowded buses to deal with on the way to class. Study at home after the kids have gone to bed.
Our offices are based in Mahon in Cork but the course is online so you are able to complete it at home.
We’ve had people from Production, Manufacturing, Engineering/Maintenance, Construction, Project Management, Architecture and Design, Food Production, Aircraft Maintenance, Quality, Science and IT and other roles take this course and successfully make the transition to a new role in pharma.
The majority of the people are in their 30’s and 40’s.
These are level 7 Certificate Programmes and are academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology and will allow you will meet the academic criteria for future employers.
Both eBioPharmaChem and eValidaton are each quarter parts of a degree programme. At the end of these 2 courses you will have covered 6 of the 12 modules you will need to study for the degree.

About GetReskilled

We provide conversion courses that help people leverage off their qualifications and work experience to move a career into pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing.
GetReskilled is an Irish/American company that grew out of DPS Engineering. Our parent company has been designing and building pharmaceutical manufacturing plants for the world’s leading companies for over 40 years.
We have offices located in Boston, Cork City in Ireland, Puerto Rico and other locations around the world.
Ireland has over $80 Billion Dollars in green field investment in pharma and medical device manufacturing and is the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing hub in the world.

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