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Louise Mc Donald

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Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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The hours are a definite plus. I work 5 days one week, with 2 days off then 5 days off with 2 days on. Every second weekend is a long weekend so is ideal for spending time with family or for weekends away.

The variety of the job is another very good aspect, no two days are the same. From a financial point of view we are well taken care of. We work long hours in a demanding environment but are well paid to do so.

The promotional prospects are very good. All ranks within the service began on the landings so promotion up the ranks is very achievable.

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