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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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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Transition Year 'has numerous benefits' 


Thursday, May 20, 2010 




Transition Year 'has numerous benefits'Opting to do Transition Year (TY) often offers students numerous benefits, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Gerry Jeffers, lecturer in Education at NUI Maynooth, said TY has the "potential to give students good experiences that help them to grow up".

Eimear Sinnott of Careers Portal added that TY provides students with the opportunity to learn various skills which will be useful in their career.

"Good academic qualifications may be important for the workplace, but other qualities such as communication skills, problem solving and team work, which can be developed in Transition Year, are just as vital," she stated.

However, with the recession impacting on schools financially, many secondary level institutions are struggling to offer the year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said.

The ASTI's Transition Year coordinator Noel Buckley told the newspaper that more parents want their children to take the fourth year.

He noted: "They know that if they leave education early they will find it hard to get jobs. So, they are delaying the departure for as long as possible. This is putting pressure on school resources."

Earlier this year, Dr Jeffers told the newspaper that research suggests that students not only develop academically but also socially and personally during TY. ADNFCR-2470-ID-19788893-ADNFCR 




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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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