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 Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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Building Society Clerk/Cashier

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€18k > 35 
Building Society Clerk/Cashier
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€18 - 35 
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Last Updated: March, 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

Building Societies accept investments from the public and grant loans to customers for the purchase of dwelling houses.


The Work header image

The duties of the Clerk include routine clerical work associated with book-keeping and accounting matters, operating computers, input and output terminals, secretarial duties and typing.  
 
More experienced clerks deal with work on house purchase loans, mortgages, accounts, insurance investments, and unit linked funds and enquiries from the public. Other duties include filing and records, personnel and payroll, and other specialised clerical duties.  
 
Building society clerks/cashiers receive and pay out cash at the counter, records details on computer and ensures that the days transactions balance. They answer queries from clients and gives out new info on application forms. They help customers to open new accounts and advise customers on different options of saving.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Receive payment by cash, check, credit cards, vouchers, or automatic debits.

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Issue receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.

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Assist customers by providing information and resolving their complaints.

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Establish or identify prices of goods, services or admission, and tabulate bills using calculators, cash registers, or optical price scanners.

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Greet customers entering establishments.

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Answer customers' questions, and provide information on procedures or policies.

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Sell tickets and other items to customers.

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Process merchandise returns and exchanges.

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Maintain clean and orderly checkout areas and complete other general cleaning duties, such as mopping floors and emptying trash cans.

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Stock shelves, and mark prices on shelves and items.

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

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

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

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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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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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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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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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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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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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

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

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Clerical staff must have an ability to reason quickly and accurately with numbers, be organised in their work, and perhaps have keyboard skills and/or a familiarity with computer systems. Ideally they should have an interest in commercial work and, finally, they should be presentable and have good communication skills as their job involves dealing with the public.


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Organisation: Irish Banking Federation
  Address: Nassau House, Nassau St. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 671 5311
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