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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lydia Peppard

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Health Service Executive

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  Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.

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.
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100 Recruits Enter Garda Training

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100 Recruits Enter Garda Training

Thursday, January 15, 2015 

100 Recruits Enter Garda Training

The final 100 Gardaí from the latest recruitment campaign for An Garda Síochana, will commence their induction week in Templemore on 26th January and enter training on the 2nd February 2015.

This group follows the 100 who started in September 2015, as part Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald's announcment of 200 new Garda recruits in late 2014, and completes the committment by Government last year to bring 300 additional Gardaí into the force.


Details of any future recruitment campaigns will be updated in our Garda Síochána Sector Expert area as they becomes available.

The CareersPortal Team