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We asked Lisa Berry from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lisa Berry

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Lisa Berry

My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.

I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.

You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.


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Laboratory Assistant

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These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

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Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

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Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

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These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

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Laboratory Assistant
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€25 - 30
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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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Laboratory assistants help scientists and laboratory technicians in industrial, medical and educational laboratories.

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Aides maintain, set out and clear away equipment used for demonstrations in teaching laboratories. They clean, repair and sterilise equipment like test tubes, and dispose of laboratory waste.  
Aides prepare samples from plants and animals, including bacteria and tissue cultures. They help technicians by labelling slides and specimens, and monitoring and maintaining stock. Where they help in analysis, aides bring unusual observations or results to the attention of the supervisor.  
Aides may store and handle dangerous substances, and need to follow strict health and safety procedures. These may include wearing protective clothing, like gloves, face masks, goggles and overalls. The job may also involve lifting and carrying heavy equipment.

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As a laboratory assistant, you must be thorough, methodical and accurate in setting up experiments and looking after equipment.  
You must be able to meet deadlines, for example, by having equipment ready in time for a teaching class.  
Laboratory assistants usually work under supervision, although initiative should be shown.  
You must have good communication skills and be able to express your findings clearly, sometimes in written reports. Good observational skills are very important.  
For work in some laboratories (especially for companies that make dyes and pigments) you may be tested for colour vision.

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Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
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MedTech & Biochemical Engineering

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