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 Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Niamh Briggs


An Garda Síochána

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  Niamh Briggs
I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Postgraduate Funding

Finding funding is often the biggest headache for prospective postgraduates. However, grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans are all available, and it's likely that you'll need a combination of these to pay your way.

For a full an updated list of postgraduate funding please visit

North/South Postgraduate Scholarship

These bursaries are open to students currently registered at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin Institute of Technology (or who have graduated within the past two years) proposing to take up a place on a course which would require them to relocate to the other jurisdiction on the island of Ireland. They are also open to currently registered students at an Irish or Northern Irish university or Dublin Institute of Technology (or who have graduated within the past two years) wishing to follow a cross-border course involving some study in the other jurisdiction. There are eight of these scholarships in total.

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NUI Galway Scholarship

A limited number of College Scholarships are available, and are awarded for the purpose of assisting postgraduate students who are proceeding full-time to a postgraduate degree (by research) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The holder may not simultaneously register for another course.

The Scholarships are tenable for up to four years. They are awarded in the first instance for a period of one year, but may, subject to the availability of funding, be renewed on an annual basis, provided the holder’s progress in his/her studies is satisfactory and renewal is recommended in writing by the Head of Department. Normally, a Scholarship will be tenable for up to a maximum of two years for the degree of Master, or beyond four years for the degree of PhD, or beyond three years in all. 

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UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School scholarships

Each year, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School offers a range of merit and financial need based schoalarships to both domestic and international students. Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who will be ambassadors for the School during their studies and after graduation.  

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Yes, I do ongoing training – I dedicate about 5% of my time to training.
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