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.

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.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation
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The following worksheets are available free to download.

Career Skills

Introduces the topic of transferable skills. Includes Self-assessment exercise on 26 key skills.

Worksheet - Career Skills Self-Assessment [pdf - 540Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Skills Definitions [pdf - 140Kb, 1 page]

Worksheet - Job Roles - All 1 - 10 [pdf - 464Kb, 10 pages]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hospital [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Band [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Airline [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hotel [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Supermarket [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Hairdresser [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Sports Team [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Restaurant [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Construction Site [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Secondary School [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Job Roles - Blank [pdf - 150Kb, 1 page]

Finding CAO Courses

Assists students identifying CAO courses by introducing 22 course subject areas and other criteria used to create a working shortlist of courses for further investigation. Used in conjunction with the CAO Wizard on this site.

Worksheet - CAO CourseFinder [pdf - 680Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - CAO Course Investigation Form [pdf - 133Kb, 1 page]

Career Interests

Introduces the notion of career interest categories in an interactive classroom based setting.

Worksheet - Community Project Exercise [pdf - 97Kb, 1 page]

Industry Sectors (Career categories)

Introduces the notion of career categories in the context of industry sectors. Students do a 'Sector Investigation' and present finding back to the class.

Worksheet - Career Sectors [pdf - 215Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Sector Investigation [pdf - 95Kb, 1 page]

Career Investigation

Worksheets designed to hold information collected during a career investigation, e.g that used by in the LCVP or LCA. Two versions exist:
Version 1 includes more evaluation,
Version 2 includes sections on Knowledge requirements and Career skills.
Version 3 is customised for the LCA
Versions 2 & 3 include a workplacement evaluation

Worksheet - Career Investigation 1 [pdf - 158Kb, 2 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 2 [pdf - 400Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Career Investigation 3 [pdf - 350Kb, 3 pages]

Work Placements

The Summary Worksheet is designed to summarise experience obtained during a work placement. The Student Worksheet is designed to help prepare for a work placement in advance.

Worksheet - Work Placement Summary [pdf - 88Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet - Student Worksheet [[pdf - 554Kb, 4 pages]

Learning Skills

A series of downloadable resources designed to facilitate student learning and goal setting during 5th and 6th year. Includes online Study Skills Test.

Go to Learning Skills Programme

Workbook - Learning Skills [pdf - 800Kb, 4 pages]
Worksheet - Results Targets [pdf - 252Kb, 2 pages]

Worksheet 1 - Place of Study [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 2 - Organisation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 3 - Motivation & Goal Setting [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 4 - Reading Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 5 - Note Taking Skills [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 6 - Revising and Exam Preparation [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]
Worksheet 7 - Exam Performance [pdf - 80Kb, 1 page]

Worksheets 1-7 [pdf - 340Kb, 7 pages]

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