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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 6th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 6th

Friday, March 06, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up March 6th

Another good week for jobseekers with several announcements across a range of sectors, and  a number of companies NOW recruiting! Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting ...

  • 350 Temporary Jobs for Cork with ABTRAN - Irish Water is set to hire more than 350 new temporary staff. The positions will be created within Irish Water's contracted business services firm, Abtran, in advance of the first water bills being issued next month.
  • You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 17,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.

Jobs Coming on Stream ... 

  • Cloud software company LogMeIn - is expanding its Dublin EMEA office which will create 90 skilled roles over the next three years.
  • Aramark Create 17 New Jobs - Facilities management, food and property provider Aramark Ireland have announced 17 new jobs following their year long acquisition of Sligo based Lotus Facilities Management in 2013.
  • New Glanbia Dairy Facility to bring Hundreds of Jobs - About 75 direct jobs will be created with another 1,600 indirect jobs created elsewhere throughout the country resulting from the extra dairy activity.

AND ...

  • New Microsoft Campus will create 150 Construction Jobs - Microsoft Ireland marked its 30th anniversary in Ireland this week by announcing details of a new €134 million campus-style building, to be located at the South County Business Park in Leopardstown, Co Dublin.
Are You a Jobseeker? Lots of valuable information here to help you with your search.  

Useful Statistics ... 

2,081 Number of positions advertised this week (23rd February – 1st March)

17,461 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)
  • 10.4% is the current unemployment rate (Jan 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 ...

  • NEW IT Carlow High Performance Entry Scheme - The Institute of Technology, Carlow, has launched an initiative for prospective undergraduate students which will reward entrepreneurship, sport and citizenship with 50 extra CAO points.
National Career Skills Competition 2015 Now Open
  • 2015 Eircom Junior Spider Awards - The deadline for submitting entries to the Eircom Junior Spider awards is Wednesday March 11th.  The awards recognise and reward students at both secondary and primary level for the innovative ways they use the internet, especially around website development, school blogs and design.

AND ... 

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