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 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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

Friday, April 17, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 17th

This week saw several jobs announcements nationwide with some companies NOW recruiting. The deadline for The Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship programme is also fast approaching. Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting …

Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN – The application process will close at 5pm on Saturday 25 April.

Recruitment Open Evening for 60 jobs with Hays - Recruitment company Hays has announced 60 full-time jobs for its Irish offices. The roles on offer are for consultants, across all specialist divisions of the company.

Seasonal Guides with Fluent Irish Wanted - The Office of Public Works is recruiting Seasonal Guides/Information Officers. Application deadline is Midday Thursday 23rd April 2015.

12 New Jobs with Carlow Brewing Company - Carlow Brewing Company, also known as O’Hara’s Brewery, has today announced that it plans to create 12 new jobs at its headquarters.

Jobs Coming on Stream …

50 Jobs with CurrencyFair for Dublin - Dublin based foreign currency exchange service CurrencyFair has received €10 million in funding enabling the creation of at least 50 jobs.

80 Jobs for Cork with Global Shares - Global Shares, a software company headquartered in Clonakilty, Co Cork, is to create up to 80 jobs as part of a three-year expansion plan.

50 New Jobs for Mallow with EPS Group - The EPS Group, a provider of water and wastewater treatment and pumping solutions, is to create 50 new jobs as part of a €3 million expansion at its plant in Mallow.

100 New Jobs with Mobile Tech Company MOVIDIUS – 100 new jobs have been announced at mobile technology company MOVIDIUS in Dublin.

28 New Jobs for Limerick with Payback Loyalty - Payback Loyalty, the market leader in digital consumer engagement technology in Ireland, plans to double its workforce with the creation of 28 new jobs in Limerick’s National Technology Park.

12 New Jobs for Clonmel with ENBIO Space Technology Centre - Damien English T.D. Minister of State for Skills, Research & Innovation officially opened a new €1.5M Space Technology Centre at ENBIO in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary on the 14th of April creating 12 new jobs.

You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 30,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

AND ...

Working Visas for Canada - Round one of VISA applications for Irish people to live and work in Canada were snapped up by 4,000 applicants in 12 minutes on Tuesday 14th April. Round 2 is currently open - for more information click here.

Are you a Jobseeker?

Lots of valuable information HERE

to help you with your search.

Useful Statistics ...

2,337 New positions advertised this week 6th March – 12th April

30,453 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.938m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10% is the current unemployment rate (March 2015) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 5.7% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 213,600 people unemployed (Q4 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Source: #AllAboutJobs)

Career Planning

SUSI Opens for Grant Applications April 23rd - Anyone considering entering higher or further education in autumn 2015 may begin their application for the SUSI grant from Thursday April 23rd.

Smart Futures Tech Careers Event for Teens - To kick off Tech Week Ireland Smart Futures is holding a FREE Technology Careers Talk on Monday, 27th of April 2pm-4pm for teens.

Ag Science in UCD via the FETAC Route - If you want to do Ag Science in UCD but are afraid you won’t get the points, then it is worth exploring your options with regard to gaining entry via the FETAC route.

Skills Shortage in Irish Motor Industry - The motor industry is facing a skills shortage with some car dealers now forced to look abroad for workers due to the apprenticeship crisis.

Things are looking up for Construction Sector - A sustainable construction sector is a key element of any properly functioning economy and following several years of declines in output, the construction sector finally began to stabilise in 2013.


New Initiative Launched to boost Tourism in the East - A new tourism initiative, Ireland's Ancient East, could increase visitor revenue to €950m by 2020, according to research carried out by Fáilte Ireland.

CareersPortal Guidance Counselling Service - CareersPortal are providing a professional one-to-one guidance counselling service for students and adults who would like support in making career, educational and/or employment decisions. This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. Click here for full details.


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