Our Graduate Success Stories

Read stories from our graduates as they share their experiences on taking our courses and the jobs they got as a result.

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Regina McNamara

Johnson & Johnson

From a Professional Painter to Product Builder.

I’d recommend this course to anyone that wants to work in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing industry and is interested in building a successful career in this area. The online experience is working well for me as I study around work and family commitments.

The companies I applied for were very impressed. I am currently working in Boston Scientific manufacturing Balloon Catheters for Gallstone patients.

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John Ryan

Vistakon

Making Car Parts to Med Device Manufacturing

I have been working in the automotive components manufacturing industry since 1992 and I recognised that I had to upskill in order to get into the medical device/ pharmaceutical industry. In 2013 I secured a six month contractual position as a process engineer.

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Jeffery Kophamel

DePuy Synthes Companies

From Engineering Consultancy into Pharma

When Jeffery Kophamel started his reskilling journey into pharma, he already had a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and had over twenty-five years of engineering experience. Despite this background, he couldn’t find a way in to pharmaceutical or medical device manufacturing.

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Aaron Bates

No Manufacturing Experience? No Problem.

With two Bachelor’s degrees and 10 years work experience as a Health Care Professional, Aaron Bates had decided he wanted to change his career path. After some research, he decided that a new career in pharmaceutical manufacturing might be just what he was looking for. So, with the assistance of Springboard funding, he began GetReskilled’s eBioPharmaChem course.

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Adrian Fitzpatrick

From Optician to Chemical Process Technician!

Adrian now works as a Chemical Process Technician for a pharmaceutical company. He’s been doing this since October 2014 and it’s an interesting job that he enjoys. It’s also a job that he thinks is an option for more people than you might realise – his prior work experience isn’t entirely ‘traditional’.

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Colin Lane

MSD

Validation – A Career Move to Tell Your Friends About.

“I would say to anybody out there, if you’re thinking about doing the validation course, just go for it. Do it.

There’s a great opportunity within the course to learn. There’s a lot of detail about what goes on in the industry, on the floor, how things happen. Focus just as much on learning to actually educate yourself as much as passing exams. You actually have to embrace it and really get interested in the course material.

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Pat O’Loughlin

Pfizer

From Semiconductor to Pharma Manufacturing

“Focus just as much on learning to actually educate yourself as much as passing exams.”

I found the course quite useful from that point of view – I was able to understand terms and concepts about what happened in a pharmaceutical plant. So when I constructed my CV it was useful .. when it came to the interview it was useful again to be able to talk with a bit more authority about what goes on and link it to my own background.

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Jason Cummins

From the Food Industry to a Production Technician

It seems to be a booming industry… it’s absolutely worthwhile investing a little bit of your own down time or private time to do this online course at home, at your leisure.

It’s worked to my advantage and I can’t praise the course and the people that run the course, highly enough because I believe without them I mightn’t have gotten into the position I was, as quick as I did. And without that course, I wouldn’t have progressed as fast as I did.

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Mehmet Hascan

Johnson & Johnson

“Material was Delivered in an Engaging, Interesting and Supportive Way”

Having faced a career change in the middle of an economic downturn, I lost some of my confidence and needed a major boost. The area of Biopharmaceutical operations and validation was of interest to me as it does play an important role in the pharmaceutical industry at present.

I have now been working at Johnson and Johnson Vision Care as a Validation Engineer and I look forward to putting what I have learned into practice.

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Trish Kineen

Johnson & Johnson

“You can study in your own time & at home (so you don’t have travel & child minding costs”

“It has been a great course to re-familiarize myself with the area after such a long time away and it’s brilliant that you can study in your own time & at home (so you don’t have travel & childminding costs)”

Sharon Egan

GSK

“Structurally Well Planned with the Opportunity for Practical Application”

I found the course to be interesting, structurally well planned with the opportunity for practical application of the course modules through various assignments.

I have worked in the Medical device/Pharmaceutical and Food industries and found the course to be extremely relevant to all industries.

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Ronan Balfe

“I would have no hesitation in recommending these courses”

“Studying online gives you the time to do the course in your own time yet with assignment deadlines this made you disciplined to meet the deadlines set. I would have no hesitation in recommending these courses to anyone wishing to gain an education in the pharmaceutical sector.”

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Declan O’Shea

PM Group

“I landed my Dream Role as a C&Q Specialist”

“I took GetReskilled’s 8 month eBioPharmaChem Course and started in an entry-level role at Pfizer. I kept studying and I eventually leveraged my experience and academic qualifications and landed my dream job as a C&Q Specialist.

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Edel Harkins

Janssen

“Highly recommended to anyone who has been out of the industry for a period of time”

“I would highly recommend anyone in my situation who has been out of the industry for a period of time to do these courses. They have contributed to my new found confidence in my existing and new qualifications, my improved interview skills and my new job!”

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Regina Heaphy

Apetito

“Take the first step to move in the right direction”

“The Certificate in eBioPharmaChem program gave me a lot of confidence in myself. The online structure suited me perfectly as well as being able to work on it from home and in my own time. Regulatory affairs, as well as product research and development, are two areas of huge interest to me. While I did it ‘on the fly ‘ before. Having completed the course I have a much better understanding of both and in my ability to apply them.

Take the first step to move in the right direction.

It gave me a huge boost when I was accepted. Jerry who interviewed me on the phone mentioned that over 200 applied and 50 would be accepted. I feel privileged to have been accepted and my children were very proud of me too.”

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Patrick Coleman

“Feel the fear but do it anyway”

GetReskilled is an excellent service, it solves the problem of the daunting task of entering a new industry. Their easy to follow modules ensure the student is learning at the correct pace and in a progressive manner. The program is broken down into manageable units, the time allocated for each module is generous, the coordinators are very knowledgeable and willing to help. No problem or question is too big or too small. A great way to retrain, up-skill and increase your potential to be the best you can be.

Feel the fear but do it anyway. You will be glad you did and very surprised how manageable it is.

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Bharvi Soni

West Pharmaceutical

“I found the course interesting, challenging, rewarding and valuable.”

Having just moved to Ireland, I was looking for a course that would help me upskill and also help me secure a job in the Pharmaceutical industry. This particular course has been a great help in achieving that.  The course material was very relevant and the course coordinator was flexible and always approachable for any queries.

I found the course interesting, challenging, rewarding and valuable. After attending the course I managed to find a job in a pharmaceutical/medical device industry straight away. I am starting to apply the skills that I learnt from the course which will be a great contributor to my career. I already have, and will, recommend this course to others.

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Sean McLaughlin

DuPont

“I have a new confidence going into the future.”

“I really enjoyed the course, it gave me great confidence and taught me new skills and most importantly I am now working in a manufacturing facility.

This is an excellent course not just for the insight into the biopharmaceutical industry, but it also gives you a great idea of who you are and through updating your CV and getting involved with social media, betters your chance of finding employment.

This programme was hard at times but the help was there whenever it was required, so on completion, I have new confidence going into the future.”

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Fergal O Doherty

Zoetis

“This is an excellent course”

“The course gave me an understanding of key pharmaceutical concepts, document traceability and the science behind pharmaceutical products

This is an excellent course for those wishing to work in the pharmaceutical sector

The online course was very enjoyable and has helped me on a day to day basis in my career”

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Vladimir Gojanovic

“Being able to study and enrich your career is one of life’s greatest rewards”

“The online learning in this program has given me a better perspective on finding a better paying job and upgraded my self-esteem in relation to learning in English. Thank you Getreskiled for this opportunity.

Being able to study and enrich your career is one of life’s greatest rewards.

This program gave me the confidence to study in a new language. Also, it has opened up an opportunity for me to find a better paying job in my profession. I am not afraid to continue with this mode of study.”

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Charles O Neill

Novartis

“With hard work and determination, you can achieve your goal”

“As a pipefitter/Plumber who worked within the pharmaceutical industry for the last 20yrs, the Certificate in eBiopharmachem course gave me the tools I required for a career change and to upskill for a job in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Without this course, I don’t think I would have achieved this. I am happy to say that I have been successful in my employment search and am now employed as a process operator.

It is worth the challenge and with hard work and determination, you can achieve your goal.

It gave me a better understanding of pharmaceutical protocols and how the pharmaceutical industry works as a whole.”

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Jose Arnel Valenzuela

” The modules were challenging”

“The Certificate in eBioPharmaChem program that I took in 2019 will be my entry to a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, the modules were challenging but my experience with ISO in my former job helped me a lot. I would like to thank GetReskilled for giving me all their support to join the Pharma industry.

There are different kinds of jobs in the pharmaceutical industry to choose from which will suit you.

It brings me back memories of 17 years of work experience in an ISO Certified medical clinic back home and a switch of a career with our suppliers to the Pharma Industry.”

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Gerard O Riordan

“Don’t give up, it’s not easy to find the time but worth it when you do.”

“Completing this course with GetReskilled really gave me a great start on changing to a career in the pharma industry. For a self-employed person, the online format of the course really suited me as I could do it from home in my own time. The course gives a great insight into the pharma industry and on how to get a job in the industry.

Don’t give up, it’s not easy to find the time but worth it when you do.

I suppose as someone that has worked in painting for over twenty years I never really thought I could change. But even going through the application process for this course and completing it has given me the confidence that I needed.”

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Galina Yeriskina

“Don’t think just do it”

“I like this course. I think it is helpful in getting new knowledge and skills. I would recommend it for people who don’t have time to attend day or evening courses by any reason and especially for those whom English is not their native language. Don’t think just do it”

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Mihaela Olariu

West Pharmaceutical

“Highly recommended to anyone. This course was excellent.”

“I found the course was run very professionally. The course notes and videos supplied were excellent, the notes tied in very efficiently and accurately with the videos.

Highly recommended to anyone. This course was excellent.”

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Ines Doksa Grabrovec

Alcon

“It is a hard work but it’s worth it”

“I’m a foreign person in this country with huge experience from my own country but somehow employers just did not recognise my qualifications. However, upon completing this course I finally feel more recognised.”

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Codrut Mihai

West Pharmaceutical

“If you really want it, you can do it regardless your age”

“I recently was made redundant from the operations industry and wanted to start a new career path in the pharmaceutical industry. At the time, I did not know anything about it but accessing this program gave me better chances to get a better understanding of the industry and in the end a chance of getting a better-paid job with big potential in advancing career.”

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Victor Ozonuwe

“This is a great opportunity for a career change.”

“I just wanted to let you know that it’s been great studying with your entire team.

This is a great opportunity for a career change.

I have the confidence for a apply for a good-paying job.”

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Dulce Mar Giner

“If I can do it, you can do it too. It never too late to keep learning or change career.”

“I’m forever grateful for the opportunity. I thought I would never be able to take any university accredited program considering I have kids and a full-time job. With GetReskilled, it is actually possible. Patience and determination can make it happen.

If I can do it, you can do it too. Never too late to keep learning or change career.”

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Rosana Reis

“A career in the pharmaceutical industry is very promising”

“The program was the best choice that I did for myself. It is bringing me the opportunity to work in an area that challenges me. It was very important for me because amplified my chances of returning to my professional career.

I would say to not be afraid. Especially because a career in the pharmaceutical industry is very promising.”