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Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Dry Cleaner

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€18k > 28
Dry Cleaning Staff
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€18 - 28
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Dry Cleaning Assistant: 18
Dry Cleaning Manager: 20 - 28
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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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At a Glance... header image

Operate or tend to washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles.


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The Work header image

Dry cleaning/laundry manager's work in dry-cleaning shops and industrial laundries. They supervise the work of dry-cleaning and laundry assistants and make sure that the business runs efficiently and profitably. A manager's day-to-day work depends on whether they work in a dry cleaning shop or an industrial laundry.

In a shop, there will be fewer staff to supervise and frequent direct contact with customers. Also, the manager may have a more 'hands-on' role, doing the same things as the other staff. The manager must deal with customer issues and solve their problems. In an industrial laundry, the manager will have more staff to supervise and organise into shift systems. Most of their contact with customers and suppliers may be by phone.

In large laundries, managers might specialise in areas such as production, transport, work scheduling, training or general management. If the manager works for a large company or part of a national group, there might be the chance to move into other management fields. A few examples are: research and development; customer services; human resource management; and sales and marketing.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.

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Start washers, dry cleaners, driers, or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap, detergent, water, bleach, starch, and other additives.

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Sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them.

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Examine and sort into lots articles to be cleaned, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.

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Load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to perform loading.

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Mix and add detergents, dyes, bleaches, starches, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.

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Clean machine filters, and lubricate equipment.

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Remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other workers to do so.

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Operate extractors and driers, or direct their operation.

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Inspect soiled articles to determine sources of stains, to locate color imperfections, and to identify items requiring special treatment.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be an effective manager, you'll need to show leadership potential. This means you should be a good communicator, well organised, able to make decisions, and able to plan things and carry them through. You'll also need a full understanding of cleaning and laundering processes, the correct use of cleaning chemicals and solvents, and how to handle different types of textiles and fabrics.

If you have any allergies, breathing problems or skin complaints, you should find out first whether the chemical would affect you. Your numeracy skills should be good enough to cope with accounts, bookkeeping and budgeting.


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