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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Customer Services Manager

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Customer Service Manager
Salary Range
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€18 - 65
Related Information:
Customer Service Representative: 18 - 34
Customer Service Team Leader: 24 - 45
Customer Service Manager: 20 - 65
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Sigmar / Brightwater / CPL / Robert Walters / Abrivia

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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21,500

Part time workers: 20%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 37 / 63%
Non-Nationals: 18%
With Third Level: 54%
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The customer services manager ensures that all staff work to their company's standard in satisfying each customer's requirement, enquiry or complaint politely and efficiently.


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Nicole Feighery
Customer Care Manager

Nicole Feighery is a Customer Care Manager at Chill Insurance. Nicole graduated from TCD with a degree in Natural Science. Throughout her time working in the financial services sector she has obtained a number of relevant qualifications and is currently studying towards a Management Diploma in Insurance. 

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Depending on the type of retail outlet, the activities of the Customer Services Manager may involve the following:

  • Dealing with the in-store and telephone customer complaints.
  • Organising/promoting store credit card schemes.
  • Organising 'wedding list' and 'birthday-list' schemes for customers.
  • Organising corporate gifts schemes.
  • Working with the despatch department to distribute products sold within the various schemes.
  • Working with the marketing department in sales/service promotion.

The customer services manager works closely with the retail management team, which may include the store manager/department manager, the retail buyer, the stock-room manager etc. The customer services manager also provides important feedback on customer satisfaction to store and retail managers and the rest of the retail management team. They oversee the tills and checkout operations.


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Customer services managers should possess strong administrative skills and product knowledge. Like all retail managers, they must show strong leadership skills, and be able to show that they can motivate others and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life.  
 
It is essential that they enjoy dealing with people. They must be good managers of their own time and be confident and decisive in unpredictable situations. Personal qualities should include politeness, tact, and good listening skills. Customer services managers must have the ability to pay attention to detail, to plan and set priorities, and they should possess good analytical skills.  
 
A good level of general fitness is needed for this job.


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