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We spend five minutes with Aoife Keohane, technical laboratory support at GSK, Cork.

Aoife Keohane

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Aoife Keohane, technical laboratory support at GSK, CorkQ. Tell us about your Sodexo role.

A.  I liaise with GSK’s laboratory vendors to manage all aspects of the procurement of consumables, which could include solvents, chemicals for lab use and glassware for testing and experiments. I’m also actively involved with environment, health and safety and responsible for laboratory waste. Safety is a big part of my role and I regularly carry out safety risk assessments for laboratory activities, and safety checks.

Q. What’s unusual about it?

A.  The role is so multifunctional that something different happens every week.

Q. But you enjoy it?

A. Yes, definitely. I get to interact with lots of different people across all areas on site and meet new people everyday.

Q. What do your friends and family think of what you do?

A.  None of them work in the pharmaceutical sector so they find it really interesting.

Q. What skills do you need for your job?

A.  Ability to take direction, and commitment to hard work and challenges. Also you need to be a team player, with experience and knowledge of a chemical laboratory and how it works.

Q. Tell us about your greatest achievement at work so far.

A.  That I’ve developed a good working relationship and communication with the environment, healthy and safety team on site, so things don’t get lost in translation.

Q. If you could pick any other job what would it be?

A.  Cardiac/respiratory technician.

Q. Who is your greatest inspiration and why?

A.  Nelson Mandela – he spent his life fighting for what most would agree was a moral cause, and he paid a bitter personal price.

Q. What would be your perfect day off?

A.  A relaxing day at the spa.

Q. What did you want to be as a child?

A.  A doctor…or the pink Power Ranger!

Q. Tell us three artists on your iPod?

A.  Jack Johnson; John Mayer; Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Q. What can’t you live without?

A.   A nice cup of tea.

Q. Name your fantasy celebrity dinner guest.

A.  Alex O’Loughlin from Hawaii Five-O.

Q. Facebook or Twitter?

A.  Twitbook!

Q. Favourite quote/motto?

A. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.” Michael Jordan.


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