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Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Springboard+ helped Caitlin O'Mahony to bridge her skills gap

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After completing a postdoctorate, Caitlin O'Mahony had been working in academia for a number of years. When she tried to advance her career she found a number of stumbling blocks in her way.

"I decided to move from academia to industry. However I found my experience lacked in-depth knowledge and practical skills of manufacturing processes and a GMP environment," says Caitlin.

She quickly identified NIBRT as the leading provider of courses in the BioPharma industry. Through the Springboard+ initiative she enrolled in the Level 9 Graduate Certificate in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering - a collaborative program with University College Dublin and NIBRT.

"The course provided me with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience required to work in the Biopharma Industry. I would recommend this program as I believe it successfully bridged the gap in my experience and helped me to achieve my first role in industry.

"I liked the way the course was set up. There was a big emphasis on the academic and learning side of things. There was also a professional development side of it where we had one-to-one career coaching. That was really beneficial. They really developed your career goals and showed you what to do to achieve them.

Before she had finished her Springboard+ course, Caitlin secured a position with Janssen Biologics B.V. in Cork.

"I have just been made permanent as Senior Associate Scientist. There's a dynamic workforce here. There are new challenges everyday. It's a really rewarding role and I am enjoying it."

Irish Independent

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