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Rebecca Loughran

Bioprocess Technician, BDS Manufacturing, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

The pharmaceutical sector offers a whole range of opportunities for those wanting to pursue a STEM career. Three women share their experiences from different areas of the industry.

What made you choose this career path?

I always loved maths and chemistry throughout school, so I knew I wanted to study a degree that would comprise both.

My degree opened a lot of opportunities with various applications. Pharmaceuticals were always a massive interest for me as it is such a prominent industry in Ireland, that I wanted to dive straight into it.

What barriers have you faced and how have you overcome them?

I have a lot of responsibility and, as a young woman who is only two years out of university, I feared that I wouldn’t be taken seriously or respected professionally.

However, the experience and knowledge that I have gained early on through the Alexion intern and graduate programme has given me the confidence to eradicate those fears.

Do you consider STEM to be for everyone?

Absolutely! I think the initial impression of STEM, especially for young girls, can be intimidating, but understanding the diversity within these industries will completely change that outlook.

The real world can be very different from what you are taught in school, so it is important to keep your options open and believe that you can do whatever you put your mind to.

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