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 Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Louise Mc Donald

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Defence Forces

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  Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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Postgraduate Funding

Finding funding is often the biggest headache for prospective postgraduates. However, grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans are all available, and it's likely that you'll need a combination of these to pay your way through your Master's or Doctorate Programme.

NUI Galway Scholarship

A limited number of Scholarships are available for the purpose of assisting postgraduate students who are proceeding full-time to a postgraduate degree (by research) at NUI, Galway. The Scholarships are tenable for up to four years.

Full details from NUI Galway are available here.

Burren College of Art

Burren College of Art, a private art college affiliated to NUI Galway offers funding opportunities for fine art students. These awards will be made to international (non EU) students enrolled on our PhD, MFA and MA programmes. Each award is valued at €9,200. This consists of €5,000 towards tuition fees for the full academic year 2015/16,  and €4,200 for accommodation in college housing. 

For more information click here

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business Scholarships

Each year, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School offers a range of merit and financial need based scholarships to both domestic and international students. Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who will be ambassadors for the School during their studies and after graduation.  

For more information click here 

 

The following links are to the postgraduate scholarship areas of the various universities and colleges:

A comprehensivee list of postgraduate funding, including Research Council Grants and funding for postgraduate work beyond Ireland is available at postgradireland.com.