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 Frank Keenaghan from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Frank Keenaghan

Detective

An Garda Síochána

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  Frank Keenaghan
I would say to knuckle down and achieve the best results possible in the Leaving Certificate. Then I would suggest availing of any college courses on offer bearing in mind that there is ample time to make career choices. Carry out your own enquiries and see what exactly is on offer.

Do not join An Garda Síochána to become a Detective - this takes time and one must demonstrate a propensity for crime work before being appointed a Detective. There are other career opportunities within this organisation so it’s important to have an open mind.

Obtain or stay in employment while waiting to be called for medicals and other tests. All work provides life experience and opportunities. My first job equipped me in the areas of social skills and personnel management. Don't drift and take the easy option. Make a decision, set the bar high and go for it.

It is a very rewarding job that I particularly enjoy and derive great job satisfaction from. Confidence, social skills and the ability to network are important.
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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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Contact details:
Contact Name:
HR Department
Address:
Great Connell Road
Newbridge
Co. Kildare
Email:
hr@lidl.ie
Web:
www.lidl.ie
Phone:
045 853 450

 
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News Item:
Lidl- Bag a Degree in Retail Managment
 
Lidl has teamed up with the country’s leading independent college Dublin Business School to offer an extraordinary opportunity to students with an interest in the exciting world of retail.

The Retail Management Degree is accredited at Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC).

This innovative course will offer students the opportunity to successfully develop the skills and attributes needed to become a deputy store manager – the future of our business. Over the 3 year course of this programme students will alternate between college and work giving you the unique opportunity to put into practice what they learn in college, finishing up with a Bachelor of Business in Retail Management.

Benefits:

  • College fees sponsored while in a well paid job
  • A tailored training and development plan
  • Genuine long term management career prospects in an international organisation

Students must be 18 or over on September 1st this year.

For more information and to apply online see www.lidl-degree.ie
Closing Date for applications is 31st May 2013.









 

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Lorraine O'Leary
"Transition year helped me to develop my knowledge of what career path to take as you got to discover many different subjects instead of the set curriculum"
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Sales Operations Executive
Darren Devine
"Taking up the deputy manager role at 19 years old and staying with Lidl since has shaped my career."
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Darren Devine
   
Trainee Retail Manager
Sarah Behan
"You need to be flexible and remember two very important things: there is no I in team and the customer is king!"
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Sarah Behan
   
Compliance Manager
Sarah Jane Higgins
"After 4 years in the business I can honestly say that I love my current role and the challenges and opportunities it brings"
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Sarah Jane Higgins
   
Merchandising Manager
Barry Kelly
"I completed transition year in secondary school and found it to be hugely beneficial. It gave me an appetite for a more practical career as oppose to academic"
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Barry Kelly
   
Construction Manager
John McDonagh
"I studied the usual subjects and German was my foreign language. I loved Art and this had some bearing on my choice of Industrial Design for my degree"
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Store Manager
Tadgh Sugrue
"I manage and motivate a team of up to 20 staff. I monitor and control staff costs, store productivity, inventory differences, write-offs and running costs"
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Tadgh Sugrue
   
Project Manager
Aoife Clarke
"We are also getting great exposure to social media which is becoming bigger and bigger so it's fantastic to be part of a department at the centre of that"
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Aoife Clarke
   
Store Manager
Anne Minogue
"Career progression is important to Lidl …I train my staff to the highest level and hope they will progress the same way I did."
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Advertising Manager
Julie Hegarty
"I would advise any kind of internships within the industry to get an insight into what goes on."
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