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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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Ray Power, Potter

Ray Power, Potter

Ray Power works as a potter and manager for Castle Arch Pottery in Kilkenny. After his Leaving Cert, he went on to complete a degree in Ceramic Design at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork. He later moved to Kilkenny and on completing a business course run by the Crafts Council, he set up his own workshop.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Ray Power, Potter

Taking a Postgraduate course - leading to Business course. Also, finding a suitable premesis to rent.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Ray Power, Potter

Stephen Pearse and Roisin Collins - from Crawford College of Art and Design.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Ray Power, Potter

Setup on my own in 1992.

Describe a typical day?

Ray Power, Potter

From 9:00 to 5:00 I am involved in manufacturing, sending out orders, and dealing with customers in the shop. I do the accounts at home after hours.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Ray Power, Potter

Management, Glazeing, Dispatching orders and doing the accounts.

What are the main challenges?

Ray Power, Potter

Meeting deadlines for orders.

What's cool?

Ray Power, Potter

Having my own workshop in the Castle yard. Flexible hours, and selling what I make.

What's not so cool?

Ray Power, Potter

Chasing payments from customers.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Ray Power, Potter

Management, and an understanding of the marketplace in Giftware.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Ray Power, Potter

Art, Physics, Accountancy along with the compulsary ones.

What is your education to date?

Ray Power, Potter

Leaving Cert, Diploma in Ceramic Design and a Post Grad Business Course.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Ray Power, Potter

All of the above - especially the Diploma and Business course.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Ray Power, Potter

Setting up "Made in Kilkenny" - a group of crafts people marketing themselves locally and nationally.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Ray Power, Potter

Hard working, not afraid to try new things.

What is your dream job?

Ray Power, Potter

Marketing giftware. Running a retail shop.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Ray Power, Potter

Yes!

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Ray Power, Potter

Perfect your skills while working for others. Know your market.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Ray Power, Potter

Flexability, Hardworking, ability to overcome issues and bounce back after disappointment.

What is your favourite music?

Ray Power, Potter

Anything thats uplifting.

What is your favourite film?

Ray Power, Potter

The Matrix

What is your pet hate at work?

Ray Power, Potter

Cold calling from salespeople.

What is your star sign?

Ray Power, Potter

Taurus.

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Ray Power, Potter

No plans in the short term.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Ray Power, Potter

Any retail experience - you need to understand the marketplace.

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