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 Frank Keenaghan from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Frank Keenaghan

Detective

An Garda Síochána

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  Frank Keenaghan
I would say to knuckle down and achieve the best results possible in the Leaving Certificate. Then I would suggest availing of any college courses on offer bearing in mind that there is ample time to make career choices. Carry out your own enquiries and see what exactly is on offer.

Do not join An Garda Síochána to become a Detective - this takes time and one must demonstrate a propensity for crime work before being appointed a Detective. There are other career opportunities within this organisation so it’s important to have an open mind.

Obtain or stay in employment while waiting to be called for medicals and other tests. All work provides life experience and opportunities. My first job equipped me in the areas of social skills and personnel management. Don't drift and take the easy option. Make a decision, set the bar high and go for it.

It is a very rewarding job that I particularly enjoy and derive great job satisfaction from. Confidence, social skills and the ability to network are important.
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Carlow Institute of Further Education

Architectural Design


Code:  ACADX
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers 
The following occupations are related to the area of study for this course. Click on the occupations to explore further.
Photographic Technician / Processing Assistant   Builders' Yard Assistant  
Geological Technician   Landscape Architect  
Ceramics Designer   Film/Video Tape Editor  
Fashion Designer   Photographer  
Dressmaker   Artist  
Craft Designer   Graphic Designer  
Costume Designer   Potter / Ceramicist  
Technical Illustrator   Model  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Sculptor  
Interior Designer   Packaging Designer  
Signwriter/Signmaker   Creative Director  
Furniture Designer   Architect  
Architectural Technologist   Arts Administrator  
Digital Media Designer   Typographer  
Illustrator   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Animator  
Screen Printer   Industrial Designer  
Textile Designer   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Building / Construction Manager   Ceramics Technologist  
Engineer - Structural   Engineer  
Traffic Engineer   Acoustic Consultant  
Engineer - Environmental   Environmental Officer  
Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver   French Polisher  
Toolmaker   Ergonomist  
Upholsterer   Clothing Alteration Worker  
Woodmachinist / Woodturner   Shoe Repairer / Cobbler  
Instrument Craftsperson   Painting Conservator  
Glassmaker   Cabinet Maker  
Thatcher   Draughtsperson  
Carton maker   Textile Machinery Technician  
Textile & Fabric Workers   Jeweller  
Metal Fabricator   Printer  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Metal Engraver  
Museum/Art Gallery Conservator   Musical Instrument Technician  
Modelmaker   Textile Dyeing Technician  
Window Cleaner   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Window Fitter   Radiographer - Industrial  
Labourer - Building   Caretaker  
Heating and Ventilating Fitter   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
Security Attendant / Porter   Quarry Worker  
Refuse Collector   Industrial Insulators  
Steeplejack   Street Cleaner  
Building Technician   Bricklayer  
Cleaner - Industrial   Electrician  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Tiler/Fitter  
General Construction Operative   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Insurance Surveyor   Painter / Decorator  
Crane Operator   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Engineer - Building Services   Surveyor - Building / Construction  

Career Sectors related to this course:
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
Art, Craft & Design
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FETAC Progression routes to Higher Education. 1 Route(s)
This course leads to a FETAC Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO. To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

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To view CAO courses which this specific course leads to, click on the Award Code below:

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