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Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Working mostly in stock rooms or on the shop floor, booksellers work with customers and liaise with publishing sales to purchase, organise, manage and sell books to the public or to specialist organisations such as universities.

The Work header image

Booksellers are responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the day-to-day running of the bookshop. In larger shops responsibilities will be more delineated but generally a bookseller will be on hand to advise customers on their choice of book. They will have to replenish shelves, dust and arrange books in an attractive and accessible way.  
They will place orders for customers with publishers and will trace lesser known titles using computer databases. They are expected to keep abreast of new titles by reading reviews and consulting publishers' catalogues. Senior staff will order new titles and make sure classic titles remain in stock. 

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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.  
You will need a thorough knowledge of the books you sell. Many of the larger shops will employ specialists in certain areas.  
A good general health and fitness is required for this job as it can require heavy lifting and use of step-ladders.

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Go..Bookseller - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  Address: Minister House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA, UK
  Tel: + 44 20 7802 0802
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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  Address: Minister House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA, UK
  Tel: + 44 20 7802 0802
  Email: Click here
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