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 Trevor Laffan from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Trevor Laffan

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  Trevor Laffan
There is no special talent required to do what I do and there are many capable of doing it. The first requirement is an ability to communicate with people, including listening skills. The second requirement is common sense. Unfortunately that can't be learned or purchased - you either have it or you don't. The third requirement is an interest in people.
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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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Realist

 Realist
 
General
The Realist interest is for work that involves 'doing' something to inanimate 'things'. There is usually a hands-on aspect to this work, and it is important that there are visible (tangible) results for one's efforts.

Interests
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.

Activities
Realist activities include basic physical work (handling goods, deliveries), controlling and operating equipment (e.g. cranes, aircraft), using tools and instruments (drills, microscopes), building and repairing electrical or mechanical equipment (e.g. engineer, mechanic), skilled labour (e.g. precision cutting/alignment) and other work requiring fine eye-hand co-ordination (e.g. sports, pilot).