Customer Service Courses

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Customer Service

No matter what the economic climate, a job in customer services will always exist. As long as there are consumers to help, there will be people on hand to assist with whatever they need. Working as a customer service representative can take many forms – some work in call centres, answering calls from customers with problems. Some work in a face-to- face environment, directly assisting shoppers and clients.

Qualifying for a role in customer service is quick and easy and can help make a vital difference to your application in a competitive job market. It will also equip you with all the skills you need to help be a successful representative of any company and carry out excellent work in your new job.

What do customer service representatives do?

If you’ve ever been into a business, you’ve almost certainly come across a customer service representative. Likewise, if you have ever dialled a phone number to get in touch with a business, you will have dealt with a customer service representative. A job in this role can take many different forms, including the following:

  • Call centre representative – Ireland hosts many international call centres for a variety of companies. Working in call centre normally involves with dealing with customer queries and problems and helping them to resolve their issues over the phone. Many companies have special incentives for call centre workers that can add bonuses to wages.
  • Help desk representative – these are often found in supermarkets and department stores. Customer Services workers in these environments will often help to direct customers to relevant parts of the store, and to process refunds and resolve issues.
  • Receptionist/Concierge – jobs such as these are normally found in offices and hotels. They deal with customers on a face-to- face basis and over the phone, and assist with bookings, check-ins and any problems that might arise over the course of the clients visit to the business.
  • PR – many Public Relations jobs have similar elements to customer service jobs, as they encompass much of the same work. PR work however, is often held in higher regard than traditional customer service roles and can describe the work of customer service managers.

While these jobs take place in different settings, they are all essential the same job at their core – they deal with keeping clients satisfied and serviced.

What will I learn on a customer service course?

Generally, the entry requirements for courses are low – most require a good level of English in order to proceed. All other aspects of the job can be taught by instructors.

Exactly what you will learn on a course depends on the specific one that you choose. If you work in a pharmacy, for example, you will need to undergo some medical training before you graduate, as you will be working with medicines. If you train for a customer service role with a major retailer, you will learn about the products and services that they offer to customers. All training roles will require you to learn about the field that you will work in, as a strong knowledge of services is important to your job. Being able to answer the questions and solve the problems of clients requires that you understand the workings of the business properly.

What can I expect to do when I finish?

Once you have finished your training, you will be equipped to work in most non-specialist customer service roles. Most employer will require you to undergo further corporate training specifically to deal with the unique problems of their business. However, proving that you understand the common core elements of the job will prove very useful to your application.

Kevin Branigan

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  1. Solange Santos 11th July 2019 at 9:18 am

    Hi good morning
    Please l d like to do the customer service course .

    1. Gemma Creagh 26th August 2019 at 9:34 am

      Hello Solange,

      There’s actually a few online here:

      Your best bet is to find the one you’d like to take, then reach out to the training provider through the ‘college details’ section.

      All the best!

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