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Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!
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Betting Shop Manager

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Betting Shop Manager
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Manages a Betting Shop that is licensed to take bets from customers on sporting events such as horse races, greyhound races and football matches.


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Betting shops are licensed to take bets from customers or 'punters' on sporting events such as horse races, greyhound races and football matches. They also take bets on non-sporting events such as the result of a General Election or snow falling on Christmas Day. Most betting shops are relatively small workplaces employing, on average, about five people.  
 
Managers supervise staff, organise work schedules and recruit and train new staff. The manager must make sure that the shop is run efficiently and is kept secure, in order to make a profit.  
 
The bookmaker determines the betting odds for most events in advance. In a betting shop that is part of a chain, these are sent and published by a central office. Managers may be allowed to lay odds on special bets for regular customers. If it is a highly unusual bet or the amount of the prize money is particularly high, the manager has to telephone the racing director for clearance to accept the bet.  
 
It is the responsibility of the manager to make sure all winning bets are settled quickly. This involves calculating the correct winning amounts. Often, the calculations are complex. The manager must also handle any complaints arising from customers and make sure that the shop is, at all times, operating within regulations laid down by law.  
 
Betting shops are part of the leisure industry. It is the job of the manager to encourage people to use their shop. They do this by making customers feel welcome and relaxed, and also discussing betting opportunities with them. 


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You must be numerate and capable of working quickly and accurately, as most calculations are done without using a calculator. You should also be good at chatting to customers and managing the staff under your supervision. You should also be able to work well under pressure.  
 
You should be scrupulously honest and reliable. Tact is required when dealing with awkward customers and genuine complaints. An interest in sport is preferable but not essential.


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