We sat down with the most recent member of the KPC International team, final year placement student Max O’Neill, to find out how he is finding is professional work experience so far.
Can you tell us a bit about what you are currently studying?
I am currently studying Chemical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering in Cork Institute of Technology. I have entered my 4th and final year of this degree.
When did you start with KPC International?
I started my placement in the beginning of June this year. The placement runs for 6 months which means I will be finishing up before December 2019.
Can you tell us a bit about your role and your daily responsibilities?
I am currently working on Commissioning Protocol Documents. I have been tasked with generating Commissioning Protocol for several systems. I am liaising with the document Leads and other members of the team to ensure that the document is up to the highest standard. In a normal day I pick up from where the work was left previously and continue generating documents. This requires both research and investigation into the current document requirements before executing the generation. This is done in tandem with asking associated questions to the documents and participating in weekly meetings.
The current role I am in relates significantly to my course. It has helped me in the application of the knowledge gained from the course to real world situations. It has also helped with the understanding of some of the knowledge from the course which I was not sure was tailored to the profession. However, by working in this role I have found that these pieces of knowledge which I once thought was irrelevant, was indeed useful in a practical situation.
What do you feel are the biggest challenges in your role so far?
The biggest challenges that I face is having a shortfall of knowledge in key areas. This shortfall however is due to lack of experience. As time has progressed, I have found that these areas of knowledge have begun to populate. It helps that the team I am working with have great expertise and advice that can be passed down to me.
How does this role relate to your course?
The current role I am in relates significantly to my course. It has helped me in the application of the knowledge gained from the course to real world situations. It has also helped with the understanding of some of the knowledge from the course which I was not sure was tailored to the profession. However, by working in this role I have found that these pieces of knowledge which I once thought were irrelevant, are indeed useful in a practical situation.
How has your learning experience been with KPC International so far?
The learning experience with KPC has already been vast in the short time that I have spent here. I have been given tasks requiring high levels of responsibility. This has been great as it quickly introduced me into the real work of a chemical engineer.
What do you like most about working with the KPC International team?
What I enjoy most about being part of the KPC team is that everyone was immediately very friendly and welcoming. This helped with the settling in process of a new job. This is something that I enjoyed as everyone took time out to make me feel welcome, even though it was known that I am only here for a short period of time.
A more specific aspect of why I like working with the KPC team, is the great knowledge and expertise that is present right through the entire team. If I ever have any questions, I know that I will receive the best advice back.
Finally, what do you enjoy most about your role?
The thing I like most about my role is that I have been given the chance to be able to prove what I am capable of as the tasks I have been allocated mean added responsibility at this stage of my career.
If you are a graduate or experienced professional in the life science industry, and are interested in joining the KPC International team, you can find our latest opportunities on our careers portal, here