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My name is Grainne Dunne. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Pharmacy Degree in 2012 and completed my M.Pharm through the RCSI in 2013. I spent six months of my pre-registered training year working in the Pharmaceutical sector and can confidently say it was the best career decision I could have made as it opened my eyes to the career options available to a pharmacist beyond the traditional roles in hospitals, retail, and long-term-care.
I joined AbbVie in 2013 as a Pharmacist on the Operations Development Program (ODP). The ODP is a two-year training program offered by the company with three eight-month assignments in different areas of the Operations business.
My first assignment as an Industrial Pharmacist was in AbbVie’s Sligo Pharmaceutical facility. Here, I worked on many projects from technical transfers to the design and co-ordination of development trials. I was encouraged to seek out opportunities and to get involved in any project or business area I thought would be of value to me and my career.
For my second rotation, I moved to AbbVie’s Cork facility. The ODP requires that you do an elective assignment in a functional area outside your field. I choose Business Excellence and Supply Chain. The programme has allowed me development opportunities in areas that would have previously been outside the realm of possibility for me as a Pharmacist.
Joining AbbVie has shown me that career possibilities for a Pharmacist in industry are vast. I work as a part of a global team that makes a remarkable impact on patients’ lives around the world.