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 Oisin McGrath from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:


Oisin McGrath

Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Defence Forces

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  Oisin McGrath

If you are seriously considering applying for the Air Corps you should check the pre-required Leaving Certificate subjects as outlined in the cadetship booklet. This is very important!!

Also, if applying you should get the details of the fitness test from the cadetship booklet and make sure you can do each of the disciplines well before the fitness test...a lot of people fail this part of the application process, and it can be passed easily!

If possible, you should organise a visit to Baldonnel through somebody that you know or maybe even your school...just to get familiar with the aircraft and to see the daily operation of the Air Corps.


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Garda Trainee Recruitment Update

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Garda Trainee Recruitment Update

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 

Garda Trainee Recruitment Update

The closing date for applications to An Garda Síochána for the latest recruitment campaign for Garda Trainees was Wednesday 6th January 2016.

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) reports that almost 17,000 applications were received for the 600 vacancies, approximately 28 candidates  for each available place.

The competition is however less intense than last year, when more than 23,000 applied to secure one of 550 places on offer in that camapign


  • 16,651 people applied to join An Garda Síochána
  • 5,463 of the applications received were from women

As well as targeting the recruitment campaign at men and women all over Ireland and the Irish diaspora, An Garda Síochána made a significant effort to attract people from minority communities and under-represented groups to ensure An Garda Síochána reflects the changing composition of Irish society. Positive actions such as this echoes An Garda Síochána belief that equality, diversity, and human rights, are at the heart of modern policing.

By reaching out to all sectors of the community, An Garda Síohána sought to attract the brightest and best candidates to serve the community into the future – but we didn’t just stop there. In the most recent recruitment campaign, a separate recruitment stream was introduced for serving Garda Reserve members who meet all other eligibility criteria. In addition, to fulfilling its obligations under the Official Languages Act, fluent Irish speakers – who fulfill all other eligibility criteria – could also apply for consideration to a specialist Irish Language Stream.

Together, these positive measures in recruitment have demonstrated that An Garda Síochána is determined to recruit the best possible talent from a wide range of backgrounds to deliver the future of policing into the middle of the 21st Century.

What Next?

The formal testing process will now commence. The PAS will oversee four stages designed to whittle down the number of hopefuls.

Two rounds of online testing will be followed by a supervised exam and a final stage of interviews. Potential candidates will then undergo Garda vetting before being formally approved.

New Videos

There were 15 videos produced as part of the recruitment campaign to highlight the diversity of An Garda Síochána and to attract people from diverse backgrounds to consider a career as a Garda.

If you want to be prepared for the next Garda Síochána campaign when recruitment comes round again, take at look at these excellent new careers videos for some insight into life a Garda Trainee, Garda Probationer, Garda, Garda Sergeant or Garda Reserve: