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Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Postroom Clerk

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Postroom Clerk
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€18 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* 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.
-8.9%
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Elementary Administration Occupations

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

Number Employed:

8,000

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 29%
Male / Female: 85 / 15%
Non-Nationals: 6%
With Third Level: 8%
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Postroom clerks deal with an organisation's post. They sort out post that comes into the building.


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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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