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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Keith Hayes

Ambulance/Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Contact details:
Contact Name:
Sergeant In Charge
Address:
Appointments & Admissions Office
Human Resource Management
Garda Headquarters
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Email:
appointments@garda.ie
Web:
www.garda.ie
Phone:
+353 1 6662362


 
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What are the main entry requirements and recruitment procedures?
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The model of recruiting for Garda Trainee is changing. It is possible to register your interest in the Garda Trainee position throughout the year and apply for one of a number of recruitment cycles. These will be held at regular intervals on an ongoing basis and are likely to involve a number of recruitment cycles during any given year.

Having applied, candidates will be contacted on a periodic basis and invited to book a time and date to attend for Stage 1 assessment. The number of applicants in each group will be limited and controlled on a first come, first served basis.

However, those who do not manage to gain entry to a particular group will be treated as a priority applicant in subsequent cycles and contacted as future groups are scheduled for assessment tests.

To receive notification of forthcoming Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you must register as a member of www.publicjobs.ie and click on ‘My Job Alerts’, select ‘Security/Emergency Services’, then ‘Garda’.

Those who register will be notified by email when a campaign is open. At that stage you will be invited to make an application on www.publicjobs.ie. Applicants will be permitted to undergo elements of the selection process only once within any six month period. You should note that registering as a member does not constitute an application. Applications should be made for individual campaigns as and when they arise.

TRAINING

The B.A in Applied Policing is the Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees. Full details of the programme are available here.

Where to go for current vacancies?

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