Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about making a career change into pharma via our Springboard course.
Take this 30-second test to see how good a fit you are. Remember that the Enrolment Advisor will talk you through all you need to know about courses – there’s no need to apply before you talk to them.
Is a Pharma Career for Me?
It’s a Government funded initiative that helps transition people into different industries. Basically, Springboard might pay your course fees.
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 is available on the Springboard Website.
The Certificate in eBioPharmaChem program is FREE if you qualify for Springboard funding (see the criteria in question 4)
If you are not eligible for Springboard funding, you can still take courses to reskill.
How much that costs would depend on how many courses you need but it would be roughly €299 a month for 10 months.
There are 30 weeks of academic work, that require about 15 hours a week of study time (although this can vary a lot depending on your work experience).
You would be ready to start talking to employers and making applications at the end of the first of 3 modules.
All of the 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 a time and place that suits you.
We use one centralized platform where you can log into your classroom. There you can get assignments, interact with faculty and peers, reply to message boards, and more.
- Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities and projects through our online platform, available to access 24/7.
- Online programs can start off great, but staying motivated can be a challenge. So, we check your progress weekly to keep you on track and we’ll reach out to you by email or even by phone if you fall behind!
- Because it’s online, there are no long commutes, traffic jams or crowded trains to deal with on the way to class. Study at home after the kids have gone to bed.
- Your working schedules are unpredictable so we offer flexible delivery. Slow down, speed up or pause the delivery of the program.
You’ve already completed the first step – well done! Next up, an Enrolment Advisor will telephone you to discuss your suitability and all of your course options. If you want to progress after that, you’ll email me your CV. Once you have done this, I’ll pass you an application link for Springboard funding and you will be able to apply for that directly on the Springboard website.
For full details, check out this article.
If your CURRENT or PREVIOUS job is from one of these areas:
Take this “Certificate in BioPharmachem” program to Retrain to perform the SAME OR SIMILAR job within the pharma industry. For example:
- Manufacturing – Process Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Production Technician, Packaging Operator
- Quality – Documentation Specialist, Quality Control Specialist, Quality Assurance Specialist, Quality Engineer
- Science/Lab – Laboratory Technician
NO Industry Experience or NO Academic Qualifications?
For ALL other backgrounds such as:
- Restaurant Sector – Chef, Cook, Restaurant Manager
- Healthcare – Nurse, Pharmacist, Radiation Therapist, Caregivers, etc
- Manufacturing – Production Operator, Toolmaker, Fitter/Turner
- Food Processing – Operator, Butcher
- Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, etc
- Construction – Electrician, Plumber/Pipe-fitter, Carpenter/Joiner, Foreman, General Operative
- Warehouse – All Warehouse Workers
- Retail/Services – Retail Sales, Beauty/Hair Saloon
- Other – Farmers, Designers, Architects, Business, Sales, Accountants, Finance, Airline Staff etc
First, you’ll need to take our Foundation Course in Manufacturing Safe Medicines to fill in your knowledge and qualification gaps and meet this program’s minimum academic requirements.
Then, take this Certificate in eBioPharmachem program to retrain for starter level roles such as:
- Process Technician, Chemical Process Technician, BioProcess Technician
- Manufacturing Technician, Production Technician
- Manufacturing Operator, Production Operator
- Packaging Operators, Packaging Technician
- Documentation Specialist
And with a few years experience:
The majority of the people are in their 30’s and 40’s. Some are in their 20’s and 50’s.
The Certificate in eBioPharmaChem Program is a Level 7 Certificate Course and is academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology. Because of this, you will meet the academic criteria for future employers. As well as being a standalone course, it is the first of 3 steps if you want to go on and study for a Bachelor’s of Science degree.
It depends on the company and the job you would be doing but as an example – a Process Technician, which is a typical entry-level position, earns around €30,000. This would grow quite quickly and within five years the typical salary is around €40,000.
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We don’t do placements or internships.
Throughout the course, you will receive career coaching which will go through job hunting in great detail. You’ll learn about CVs, networking, where to start looking for a job, interviews and much more!
You’ll also have ongoing access to our Job Hunting Resources Centre.
Finally, we’ll email you a link to the updated Irish Pharma Jobs Board twice a month. We collect jobs from over 180 websites and bring that information into one single location to make your job hunt as easy as possible. Each job is hyperlinked to the company’s website so you can start applying straight away.
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Our previous graduates have gone on to work for companies including Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Roche, Regeneron, Novartis, Amgen, Eli-Lilly, MSD, Abbott.
Check out this List of 180 Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies in Ireland which will SAVE DAYS off your job hunt. It includes over 180 links to:
- Multinational Companies
- Indigenous Companies
- Engineering Consultancies
- Companies Without Career Pages
- Recruitment Companies
- Job Websites
- Relevant LinkedIn Groups
- The location of each factory by county
- The numbers of employees in each factory
- What product is made there
- Any new job announcements in the pipeline
No. Your funding is secure from the moment you start the course. Should you secure employment at any stage during the course (or even the very next day!) it is still free for you – so make sure to take full advantage of this and complete the course to get your official qualification.
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