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Brian Cadigan

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Don't just go into teaching because you are looking for long holidays. To teach everyday you need to like children, be very patient and understanding. However I feel it is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.
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So you want to be a Call Centre Agent?

This week's career memes pay cheeky tribute to call centre agents, those individuals who handle incoming or outgoing calls for a business, usually in a customer service capacity.

Call centre agents respond to customer queries and requests and strive to resolve their problems as efficiently as possible, all while adhering to company policy.

Call centre agents require excellent interpersonal skills to understand customers' inquiries or complaints and to effectively deal with customers who may be upset. The agents also require good knowledge of their company's telephone and computer systems in order to handle calls.

Call centre agents may not only deal with customers on the phone, but also via email, internet and instant messaging, and thus may work in telephone call centres or multimedia contact centres.

An agent's work schedule can vary, ie, they may work different shifts, so it helps if they are flexible with their time.

In Ireland, a call centre agent/customer service agent can expect to earn an average salary of €18,662-€26,971, according to PayScale.com.

To view Call Centre Manager role: click here


Article by: siliconrepublic.com