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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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250 New Gardai to be Recruited

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250 New Gardai to be Recruited

Wednesday, April 01, 2015 

250 New Gardai to be Recruited

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has announced the recruitment of 250 new Gardaí over the next six months. The recruits will enrol in Templemore Garda College in two groups of 125.

Recruitment, according to the Minister is set to begin “over the coming months”. It will bring the total number of new recruits since September last year to 550. Approximately 20,000 people applied for positions in An Garda Síochána when its recruitment campaign began in December 2013. Indications are that recruitment will be from the current pool of applicants in the system. 

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The CareersPortal Team