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


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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute


Architectural Technology and Design - Advanced Certificate

Code:  AATDX
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Industrial Designer   Dressmaker  
Artist   Graphic Designer  
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Typographer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Sculptor   Interior Designer  
Costume Designer   Illustrator - Technical / Medical  
Illustrator   Creative Director  
Screen Printer   Architect  
Architectural Technologist   Taxidermist  
Camera Operator   Signwriter/Signmaker  
Packaging Designer   CAD Technician  
Animator   Craft Designer  
Architect - Conservation   Ceramics Designer  
Digital Media Designer   Arts Administrator  
Film/Video Tape Editor   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Building / Construction Project Manager   Ceramics Technologist  
Engineer   Acoustic Consultant  
Engineer - Structural   Traffic Engineer  
Engineer - Environmental   Environmental Officer  
Heavy Goods Vehicle Driver   Draughtsperson  
Toolmaker   Upholsterer  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Textile & Fabric Workers  
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Glassmaker   Printer  
Metal Engraver   Thatcher  
Cabinet Maker   Carton maker  
Modelmaker   Metal Fabricator  
Bookbinder (Craft)   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Clothing Alteration Worker   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
French Polisher   Textile Machinery Technician  
Instrument Craftsperson   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Gas Fitter  
Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers   Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Insulators   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Security Attendant / Porter   Welder  
Radiographer - Industrial   Window Fitter  
Window Cleaner   Bricklayer  
Surveyor - Construction / Building   Site Technician  
Street Cleaner   Steeplejack  
Engineer - Building Services   Concreter  
Refuse Collector   Quarry Worker  
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Facilities Manager   Glazier / Stone Cutter  

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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.
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