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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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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