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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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A Premium Accountancy Qualification

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A Premium Accountancy Qualification

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 

A Premium Accountancy Qualification

Chartered Accountancy remains the premium accountancy qualification in Ireland offering attractive rewards, international recognition and rapid career progression.

50% of all professional accountants on the island are Chartered Accountants. Every year accountancy firms and businesses recruit students through training programmes and graduate programmes.

Some employers will recruit through college presentations and rounds of interviews (‘the milkround’) but other firms can recruit at any stage of the year. Employers often look to employ students with business and accounting degrees such a B.Comm or from masters programmes, such students can claim exemptions from the first year of Chartered Accountants Ireland exams.

However in recent years employers have also been actively recruiting graduates from other disciplines including engineering, science, humanities backgrounds and more.

Students from these disciplines consistently do well in professional exams with Chartered Accountants Ireland. Students completing an approved master’s programme such as Masters in Accounting can expect to avail of exemptions from two of the three years of study and professional exams with Chartered Accountants Ireland, leaving just the final year exams.

Many Chartered training firms including the ‘Big 4’ now offer an internship programme, details are available on the firms’ websites.

Visit Chartered Accountants Ireland website here