recently visited Amgen to hear from those leading and participating in the company's biotech graduate programme.

For a lot of graduates, the concept of making the next step after college can (understandably) inspire fear and anxiety. Luckily, the availability and range of graduate opportunities and programmes has never been greater.

To find out more about one of these programmes, we recently visited Amgen’s site in Dún Laoghaire, where we were informed about the company’s biotech graduate programme.

We spoke to the graduate programme lead, Kim Greer, who explained that those who take part in the programme go through multiple rotations over the course of two years.

Programme candidate Grace Phelan, who works as a quality assurance associate, spoke about her experience moving from plant quality assurance to her current rotation in quality systems, while fellow candidate Laura Cunningham, also a quality assurance associate, spoke about her first rotation in process development and her move to the area of incoming quality assurance.

Both Phelan and Cunningham said the biggest surprise of the programme was the amount of support offered to the candidates, from general encouragement to career opportunities.

As for what skills you need to be considered for the programme, Greer states that flexibility and communication are the main qualities they look for in candidates.


Words by Colin Ryan