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


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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.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 30th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 30th

Friday, January 30, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up January 30th

This week saw several jobs announcements across a range of industry sectors, with some recruiting immediately. Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting...

Tech Company Fenergo is Now Recruiting - Irish financial tech start-up Fenergo, who last year announced plans to expand its operations, is now recruiting for 30 new positions for its global offices in Dublin, Boston and Sydney.

Medical Technology Company Stryker Now Recruiting - Medical technology company Stryker is currently recruiting across their three operations in both Limerick and Cork.

Watch this Space for Jobs Coming on Stream…

200 Jobs announced for Limerick and Dublin with ICON - ICON plc a global provider of outsourced development services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries, today announced a new global innovation hub which will create 200 new jobs in Ireland.

100 New Jobs on the way with Viagogo Group – The viagogo Group has also expanded the scope of roles available in Limerick to include international customer services, sales, software development, finance and operations. The company is currently recruiting for a number of roles, from German-speaking customer services associates to software developers.

20 New Jobs with Cork Fertility Clinic - 20 new jobs are to be created with the opening of a new fertility clinic in Cork.The SIMS IVF clinic at Citygate, Mahon brought eight new jobs with its opening says it will see further recruitment in the coming months.

50 Jobs Coming on Stream with Law Firm William Fry - Law firm William Fry have announced plans to recruit 50 new staff during 2015. The firm have already recruited 28 trainees who are due to join the William Fry trainee programme by September 2015.

20 New Jobs with MJFlood Technology - IT and cloud services provider, MJ Flood Technology, is set to create 20 new jobs as a result of building Microsoft Office 365 business across Europe.

Are You a Jobseeker? Click here for more information to help with your search.

Action Plan for Jobs 2015 - The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015 was published on the 29th of January, the next step in the multi-annual process aimed at delivering full employment by 2018.

Free INOU Information Stand for Jobseekers – An Information and Advice Stand hosted by the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU will take place on Tuesday 3rd February from 2pm - 4pm at the Central Public Library in the Ilac Centre, Dublin City Centre.

Explore the full list of all current vacancies on the government’s jobs portal JobsIreland.

Useful Statistics:

2,284 Number of positions advertised this week (19th January – 25th January)

7,510 Number of positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.93m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10.6% is the current unemployment rate (Dec 2014) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 6.4% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 245,500 people unemployed (Q3 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Statistics sourced from #AllAboutJobs)

Career News

Increased Funding for STEM Projects - New funding of €1.6m for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) educational and public engagement projects in Ireland has been announced. It will support 39 initiatives aimed at encouraging people of all ages to develop an active and informed interest and involvement in Stem.


New Data Protection Module FREE to past and present ECDL Students - The ECDL Foundation has officially endorsed an ICS Skills-developed Data Protection Essentials module for delivery as part of ECDL certification in Ireland. To celebrate this milestone, ICS Skills is offering the e-learning version of the module free of charge to 1 million Irish ECDL students present and past until 2017.

Career Planning…

CAO Supporting Documents Advice - If you are required to send supporting documents to CAO as part of your application, here are some tips to help you understand what is required.

CAO Restricted Course Advice - Applicants applying to CAO are advised to take note of the restrictions in advance of the main CAO deadline of 1 February at 5:15pm

Upcoming Closing Dates for College Scholarships – Be aware of key dates for impending deadlines of third level scholarships.

Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App - Mocks time is just around the corner, so now is the time for Leaving Cert students to add the Points Calculator app to their Exam Toolkit.

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.

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