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 Mark Spain from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Mark Spain

Garda Trainee

An Garda Síochána

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If you are unsure I would recommend coming to an open day in the college and if possible also doing the Garda Reserve. It gives the best insight imaginable into the work of Gardaí.

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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Leaving Cert Results - What Happens Next?
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Successful Appeals

One of the main concerns for parents in relation to the appeals process is the uncertainty it generates about the coming months. A student may be four weeks into his Computer Science course in Tralee when s/he is offered his first choice course in UCC on appeal.

After the roller coaster of the Leaving Cert, the CAO offers, the Appeals process, accommodation, registration and settling in, it can be hard to step back and support the young person as they work towards the best decision for them.

No two situations are alike but here are some of the more common dilemmas and issues that can arise at this time.


Keep a folder of important documentation, including correspondence and dates relating to LC results, SEC Appeals and CAO Offers


If the results of Leaving Cert Appeals are only issued in October, and the college academic year is already 5 or 6 weeks underway, what is college policy on awarding places at this stage to students that have successfully appealed their results to the required upgrade?


What happens if our son/daughter is awarded an upgrade on their results but a place is not available on the course for which they are now eligible?


How does the deferral procedure work for upgraded students?


Will we be required to pay the full tuition fee, if our child completes a year in third level college before taking up his deferred place?