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 Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Niamh Briggs


An Garda Síochána

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  Niamh Briggs
I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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CAO Late Applications and New Courses

Saturday, March 05, 2016 

CAO Late Applications and New Courses

The CAO is open for Late applications from the 5th March 2016.

Late Applications are any applications which are received after the standard CAO closing date  (5:15pm on 1st February 2016). Late applications will be accepted up to 5:15pm on 1st May 2016 (subject to certain restrictions listed on page 3 of the CAO handbook). A fee of €50.00 applies.

New Courses

New courses which are not in the CAO Handbook are sometimes offered by colleges. These are open to late applications from the 5th March and can also be added via the CAO Change of Mind process, which is open from the 5th May. It is worth keeping an eye on new courses in case something of particular interest to you is added.

Go to NEW Courses for 2016 entry.

For example, the new Level 8 course LM103 Bachelor of Paramedic Studies has just gone live on the CAO application system. This programme is open to all those with an interest in patient care in the Pre-Hospital Field. It has a highly innovative curriculum which offers students the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and competencies required for a career in professional ambulance services.

Note: Applicants for the course must also have a full, clean B and C1 driving license.

Video: LM103 Level 8 Bachelor of Paramedic Studies at UL

Other New Courses most recently added include:

  • CK307 Law and Business at UCC
  • GA887 Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography at GMIT
  • GA888 Sustainable Building Technology at GMIT
  • GA889 Applied Social Care at GMIT


The CareersPortal Team