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Caitriona Jackman

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If you are considering full-time scientific research, try to get a work placement in a university department so you can see first hand what it’s like. It’s a relatively relaxed, flexible environment, but there is a certain degree of self-motivation needed. 

So I would say you need to be able to push  yourself and be proactive in terms of setting up collaborations with other scientists etc.
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Train Station Worker

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At a Glance... header image

Railway station assistants assist passengers and undertake several platform duties which may include validating tickets, answering enquiries, moving luggage and goods and cleaning.


The Work header image

The Station worker undertakes a range of general duties in and around stations; dealing with passengers queries, assisting them with their luggage, loading and unloading trains. They are also responsible for ensuring that customers are aware of any last minute departure time changes. Station Operatives may be required to use the Public Address System.  
 
The Station worker is responsible for keeping the station premises and platforms clean and well presented. In some stations, they assist with ticket checking duties.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Examine passenger documentation to determine destinations and to assign boarding passes.

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Trace lost, delayed, or misdirected baggage for customers.

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Check baggage and cargo and direct passengers to designated locations for loading.

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Provide boarding or disembarking assistance to passengers needing special assistance.

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Confer with customers to determine their service requirements and travel preferences.

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Announce arrival and departure information, using public address systems.

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Determine whether space is available on travel dates requested by customers, assigning requested spaces when available.

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Assemble and issue required documentation, such as tickets, travel insurance policies, and itineraries.

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Maintain computerized inventories of available passenger space and provide information on space reserved or available.

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Inform clients of essential travel information, such as travel times, transportation connections, and medical and visa requirements.

Work Activities header image

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

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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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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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with 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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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Transportation:  Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.


Skillsheader image

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

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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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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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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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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should have an interest in providing good customer care. An approachable, confident and helpful manner is essential for this type of work. You must have a reasonably smart appearance and be willing to wear a uniform. You must be polite and friendly at all times  
 
You will need to be quite fit, as some lifting and carrying is involved.  
 
Knowledge of safe working practices is essential.


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Organisation: Iarnrod Eireann
  Address: Connolly Station, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 703 2499
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