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 Nicola O'Higgins from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


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You need to work with people in the industry as knowledge is everything  - where to buy, who from, when etc. Health and safety courses and a pleasant manner and drive are also important.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Blackrock Further Education Institute

Blackrock Further Education Institute


Retail Pharmacy & Retail Sales Assistant

Code:  6M4385
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Further Information...

The retail sector is currently Ireland's largest employer, with the resurgence in the economy and consumer spending increasing-this is a vibrant employment sector. The diversity of the retail sector offers opportunities to work in food, fashion, beauty, healthcare, consumer goods and more.

This course will teach you the knowledge and skills such as Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Spreadsheets, Entrepreneurship, Sales Presentations and more. Successful graduates will achieve a level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Retail Management. For those wishing to progress onto Degree courses, many possibilities exist. see for full details 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising / PR manager   Product Marketing Manager  
Advertising Account Manager   Marketing Executive  
Marketing Adviser   Media Buyer  
Media Sales Executive   Public Relations Officer / Press Officer  
Direct Marketing Manager   Advertising Media Buyer  
Advertising Art Director   PR / Public Affairs Consultant / Lobbyist  
Digital Marketing Executive   Brand Manager - Marketing  
Advertising Media Salesperson   Advertising Media Planner  
Events and Promotions Manager   Market Researcher  
Market Research Executive   Public Relations Account Executive  
Marketing / Communications Manager   Corporate Affairs and Communications Manager  
Social Media Specialist   Producer  
Shipping Clerk   Export Manager  
Customer Services Manager   Customer Support / Telesales Agent  
Department Manager   Betting Shop Manager  
Purchasing Manager - Retail   Call Centre Manager  
Purchasing Manager - Manufacturing   Procurement Officer / Buyer  
Bar Manager / Publican   Auctioneer  
Dispensing Optician   Area Sales Manager  
Sales Manager - Retail   Retail Manager  
Store Manager    Business Development Executive  
Fundraiser   Customer Service Representative  
International Sales Representative   Medical Sales Representative   
Retail Merchandiser   Wholesaler   
Estate Agent   Client Relations Manager  
Consumer Scientist    

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
Sales, Retail & Purchasing
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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