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Karl Curran

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Insurance

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  Karl Curran
I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!
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Sales Assistant - Retail

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Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

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These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter clerks, construction laborers, and waiters or waitresses.

€18k > 30 
Retail Assistant / Sales Consultant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 30 
Related Information:
Department Store: 18 - 26
Fashion: 22 - 30
Food / Non - Food Multiples: 20 - 26
Electrical / Pharmaceutical / Telecoms: 20 - 25
Data Source(s):
Brightwater

Last Updated: May, 2014

* 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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At a Glance... header image

Works in a retail shop selling products to customers and helps with the general upkeep of the shop.


The Work header image

The work of a retail assistant varies according to the type of outlet concerned. Many shops can be self-service where the assistant remains seated at a checkout. In department stores and other specialist shops, assistants specialise in selling certain products. Experience as a general sales/retail assistant can lead to a career in retail management.  
 
Retail assistants are also called shop assistants and they serve customers in shops. They operate cash tills, and take payments from customers for goods purchased. They may have to deal with cash, cheques, and credit or debit cards. Goods may have to be weighed and packed, and sometimes gift-wrapped.  
 
Retail assistants maintain displays of goods on shelves and check that goods are correctly priced. They also advise or persuade customers on purchases, answer customer queries, or direct customers to the location of a product. They may be responsible for stock control and keeping financial and stock records.

 


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Retail assistants should always have a neat and tidy appearance, should remain polite and helpful. They should enjoy dealing and working with other people. They should also be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.  
 
You need to be approachable, helpful, friendly and co-operative when dealing with customers. This requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be patient as you may have to deal with customer complaints and customers being awkward.  
 
A good general health and fitness is required for this job.


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Go..Store Demonstrator - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: The Sales Institute of Ireland
  Address: 68 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 662 6904
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