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We asked Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer

STEPS

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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Postroom Clerk

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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Postroom Clerk
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(thousands per year)*
€18 -  
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FAS

Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Elementary Administration Occupations

Also included in this category:

Postal workers, mail sorters, messengers and couriers; general assistants, office workers and other elementary administration occupations not elsewhere classified

Number Employed:

9,300

Part time workers: 12%
Aged over 55: 27%
Male / Female: 87 / 14%
Non-Nationals: 3%
With Third Level: 15%
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At a Glance... header image

Postroom clerks deal with an organisation's post. They sort out post that comes into the building.


The Work header image

A postroom clerk distributes mail (letters and parcels) around an organisation. They often start work earlier than other office staff because they need to deal with the morning mail.  
 
The postroom clerk may be responsible for collecting, opening and date stamping mail, and sorting the contents to be sent to departments or individuals.  
 
Clerks need to record the arrival of cheques or important documents. They may photocopy letters and send them to a number of departments. Clerks distribute the post around the company.  
 
The postroom clerk also collects internal mail and distributes it to the correct departments. Towards the end of the day, they collect the afternoon post, stamp or frank it.  
 
The end of the day is usually as hectic as the beginning. Clerks sort outgoing mail. They need to learn the different procedures for dealing with special types of correspondence such as registered letters or overseas mail.

 


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To be a postroom clerk, you will need good organisational skills. You have to be able to work in an orderly and methodical way, carefully sorting large quantities of mail. You may need to use office machinery, including computers.  
 
You'll need a friendly, outgoing personality.


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