For MSI we get a transcript for each prospect including a 100 word Statement of Intent which usually includes a brief biography to explain the why, how and where from that has brought them to the other side of the desk. Many are really nervous about making the cut; not realising that we are in a demography trough and will take almost anyone who is walking and breathing. So I've met:
- a 22 year old with three years from U Maynooth including a year in the PRC brushing up her Mandarin, who now wants to learn a trade and pharmacy technician is her unlikely choice.
- Une française who has washed up in Clonmel where she makes an uncertain living giving grinds in her native tongue. She was a chemist in France and now thinks working in a pharmacy would provide stability, regular money and community value.
- A middle manager from MegaPharm who is alienated by working among 400 and thinks she would prefer working in a team of 10 or 12.
- Acronym chap in his 20s with a BSc and MSc from NUIG, but also CF and two new lungs. It's amazing that he is still walking and breathing but there he was - determined to pile on more education.
- A mother of three who has been running her own business for the last 15 years and wants, like La Française, to trade that in for regular work not at home. I think she was going a bit stir-crazy.
- A Jamaican New Irish from Dublin who wants to try country living and is dithering between us and Athlone. I forgot to emphasise that Athlone IT is even further from a pub than we are; that might be a selling point.