Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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Sales Assistant - Retail

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Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

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€18k > 26 
Retail Assistant / Sales Consultant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 26 
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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.
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Works in a retail shop or outlet selling products to customers and helps with the general upkeep of the shop.


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Also known as: retail assistant; retail sales assistant; retail associate; retail sales advisor; sales assistant; shop assistant; or store assistant, the work of this occupation varies according to the type of outlet concerned.

In department stores and specialist shops such as electrical goods or homeware stores, sales assistants focus on selling particular products. Some shops are self-service with the assistant remaining at a checkout or sales counter.

As well as assisting and serving customers, retail assistants may be required to operate cash tills and take payments from customers for goods purchased. They may have to deal with cash, cheques, and credit or debit cards. Goods may have to be weighed and packed, and sometimes gift-wrapped.  
 
Retail sales assistants maintain displays of goods on shelves and check that goods are correctly priced. They also advise or persuade customers on purchases, answer customer queries, or direct customers to the location of a product. They may be responsible for stock control and keeping financial and stock records.

Experience as a general sales/retail assistant can lead to a career in retail management.  

 


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Retail assistants should always have a neat and tidy appearance, should remain polite and helpful. They should enjoy dealing and working with other people. They should also be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.  
 
You need to be approachable, helpful, friendly and co-operative when dealing with customers. This requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be patient as you may have to deal with customer complaints and customers being awkward.  
 
A good general health and fitness is required for this job.


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Go..Petrol Service Sales Assistant - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: The Sales Institute of Ireland
  Address: 68 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 662 6904
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