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 Rasaq Falade from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rasaq Falade

Garda Reserve

An Garda Síochána

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  Rasaq Falade
Anyone considering this job should be ready to work thoughtfully rather than reactively. Also they should be emotionally present and ready to facilitate meaningful conversation.

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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I think I am good with dealing with people. I find it easy to talk to anybody regardless of what their professional background might be, and can comfortably talk at very technical levels (on subjects I know about!!), but also to break it out to a higher level as the audience may require.

I have confidence in my abilities, but at the same time am aware of my limits, and if I don’t know the answer will not try to bluff one. I also like to finish things that I have started, and often get caught up in projects to ensure they are completed to a level that the issue demands. And above all , I never take myself too seriously, and if I didn’t enjoy doing this job on a daily basis I would look for an alternative career.

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