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 Bru Amerlynck from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Bru Amerlynck


An Garda Síochána

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Go to college first, travel, see the world. If you can get a qualification in any field then do.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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CAO Course Trends

Below is an interactive graph which displays CAO Course Preference data by subject area, by year and by course level.

You can sort the data using the following buttons at the bottom of the graph:

  • Total Applications: Displays all applications for courses in this subject area, regardless of order/preference.
  • First Preference Applications: Represents only those who included this course /area as a first preference.
  • First Round Offers: Displays the actual number of students offered places in First Round Offers
  • Yearly Change: Displays increase / decrease in number of applications from same period in the previous year

Move your mouse over the bars for additional information...


  • Figures are released for 1st Feb (before students use the change-of-mind facility), and in August after first round offers have been made.
  • All data relating to CAO course offers in this chart are Round 1 offers only.