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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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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Back to Work Enterprise Allowance: 


Thursday, April 07, 2011 




Back to Work Enterprise Allowance:

To qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance you must, usually, be on the dole for at least a year.  You get your full dole payment (currently up to €188 a week) for the first year of claiming the allowance, and 75% of the dole (currently up to €141 a week ) in the second year.  You may be able to set up your own business and still get paid.

If you're studying or training full-time on a FAS or Failte Ireland course and you received the dole before starting those courses, you may also qualify for this allowance.

To apply, you must complete the BTW2 form (available from the Department of Social Protection) and send it to your local social welfare office, or your local partnership company, if you live in a partnership area.  It is important to remember you won't get this allowance if you set your business up before getting the approval of the Department of Social Protection, or your local partnership company.

Under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, you may get up to half of the cost (up to a maximum of €1,269.74) of your public liability insurance bill covered, as well as support for other start-up costs such as driving lessons, business mentoring, fax machines and computers..  The scheme also offers grants for training to keep your own accounts.  Irish Independent 06/04/11

 




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In order to succeed, you need to know what it takes to win. In other words, you need to know your responsibilities. If you don't know them, you can't meet those expectations.

            
 

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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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