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 Louis Harkin from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louis Harkin

Assistant Commissioner

An Garda Síochána

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Working as a Garda involves working in a challenging environment - there are challenges on the street and there is also the unsocial aspect of weekend and night work. If you fervently believe in making a difference to the quality of life for people policing is a great choice.
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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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