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We asked Lisa Curry from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Curry

Catering Sales Executive

Failte Ireland

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  Lisa Curry
I would advise them that the sales world is not as glamorous and easy as it comes across but it can be extremely rewarding. I would recommend you go for this type of position if you are someone who enjoys a challenge and can negotiate very well.

Sales and Catering Sales as a position is a tough one and there are a lot of challenges in that you really need to be customer focused yet remember that you have to make a profit. Selling weddings is a side of my job that is very satisfying as you get to see the end result of something that you have created which at the same time is the most important event in a families and a couple’s life.
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I did a Masters in Science Communication in DCU, and one of my lecturers in the course was one of the people responsible for running the science bus. When she asked the class if anyone would be interested in a part-time job on the Bus, I signed up! I did that for a few months, then went on to work for Sustainable Energy Ireland for a while.

Then, about 4 months after I finished the Masters, a full time position came up on the bus and they thought of me. Currently in Ireland a lot of science communication jobs are filled through word of mouth, so getting contacts is very important. But, again, I think that'll change in the next few years as more positions get created.

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