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Chris Walsh  
#1 Posted : 03 April 2018 13:24:15(UTC)
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Chris Walsh

Looking for some advice regarding switching industries. I'm a recent graduate with 5 mths experiece when I was a student as an EHS Engineer within a Pharmaceutical company. I had planned on going back into Pharma when I graduated but instead i opted for something different. I am currently working as an EHS Engineer for an Engineering company which specialises in mechanical, electrical, GMP cleanrooms and HVAC systems for the Pharma industry.

In some ways it's very similiar to construction. I've been with this company for the last 6mths and I'm afraid that if I spend too long in it that I will be unable to get back into pharma, medical device or any other industry for that matter. Lately I have been thinking about my future ambitions and where I see myself in the next few years. Should I be planning on moving on rather sooner than later?? 

Edited by user 03 April 2018 13:35:58(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Chris Walsh  
#2 Posted : 04 April 2018 20:43:21(UTC)
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Chris Walsh

Bump
peter gotch  
#3 Posted : 05 April 2018 08:48:48(UTC)
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peter gotch

Chris

First - without good reason, bumping your message after just a day is not going to do you any favours.

Next, my advice would be get some experience before deciding on what sector you want to move to. BUT, a competent generalist HSE professional should be able to apply their talents to ANY sector.

Chris Walsh  
#4 Posted : 05 April 2018 20:39:31(UTC)
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Chris Walsh

Peter,

Determination is at the forefront here I'm afraid. Your advice is taken on board, BUT is it not true to say that if you spend a considerable amount of time in the one sector i.e. construction for 5yrs, that your skill set and knowledge acquired in the construction sector would be very different to what would be required in the pharmaceutical or manufacturing sector. Also I'd imagine a cv with little or no experience but construction wouldn't be very attractive to an employer either.
Kate  
#5 Posted : 06 April 2018 08:24:25(UTC)
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Kate

Construction and engineering risks exist in the manufacturing sector too so experience of them is by no means a disadvantage.

thanks 1 user thanked Kate for this useful post.
A Kurdziel on 06/04/2018(UTC)
A Kurdziel  
#6 Posted : 06 April 2018 10:19:02(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

You say that you have trained as an “EHS Engineer”. What does that actually mean; what is the qualification? Most H&S professionals have a certain breadth of knowledge, they know something this and a little about that: generally enough to know what their limits are and when they need to bring in specialist advice. What is so specific to pharma from you experience and qualifications?

Pharma needs knowledge of COSHH, possible COMAH. You will need knowledge of PUWER, possibly pressure vessels etc. These are skills and knowledge found outside pharma and relevant in a variety of industries.

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