Cope’s Peter tries out GPO job role

Cope’s Peter tries out GPO job role
GPO worker Peter O'Donovan with Job Shadow Day participant Jamie Murray during Job Shadow Day

A SERVICE user of the COPE Foundation had the chance to tick off another item on his career bucket list as part of Job Shadow Day this week.

Jamie Murray, a student with Doras in COPE Foundation, was given the opportunity to shadow an An Post worker as he went about his daily duties in the GPO. The initiative saw a number of people with intellectual disabilities avail of work experience in businesses across Cork city and county.

"I shadowed Peter in the GPO,” said the Ballyvolane man. 

“He showed me how to use a touch screen computer and computer scanner. I also got to see where the parcels are placed before people come to collect them. I had no idea how much work went into all these little things.” 

He told of the many opportunities the initiative has provided him with over the years.

"My team leader Marian Hennessy has good connections which is handy. I've had the chance to work at a fire station and the Garda Station on Watercourse Road. I can't say which one was my favourite as they were all so different in their own way. Job Shadow Day is brilliant for anyone who has a lot of ideas but isn't quite sure what career to pursue yet. Next year I would love to shadow someone at a radio station. There are a lot of radio stations that I enjoy listening to.” 

Also taking part in Job Shadow Day this week was Niamh McCarthy who attends QDS Community Hub on Vicar's Road. The 24-year-old shadowed a staff member at Cummins Sports on North Main Street.

“I love rugby and got really excited when I saw all the sportswear,” she said. 

“My job was to hang up t-shirts and help Eileen sort out boxes in the store room. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I really enjoyed my placement.”

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