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 Catherine Day from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Catherine Day

Secretary General

EU Careers

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  Catherine Day
I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.
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Area Sales Manager

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€35k > 85 
Area Sales Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€35 - 85 
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Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Sigmar

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

In charge of a team of sales managers in a particular district or region.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Resolve customer complaints regarding sales and service.

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Oversee regional and local sales managers and their staffs.

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Plan and direct staffing, training, and performance evaluations to develop and control sales and service programs.

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Determine price schedules and discount rates.

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Review operational records and reports to project sales and determine profitability.

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Monitor customer preferences to determine focus of sales efforts.

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Prepare budgets and approve budget expenditures.

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Confer or consult with department heads to plan advertising services and to secure information on equipment and customer specifications.

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Direct and coordinate activities involving sales of manufactured products, services, commodities, real estate or other subjects of sale.

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Confer with potential customers regarding equipment needs and advise customers on types of equipment to purchase.

Work Activities header image

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

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Selling or Influencing Others:  Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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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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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Coaching and Developing Others:  Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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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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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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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates:  Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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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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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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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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Personnel and Human Resources:  Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


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

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

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

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