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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  Mark Spain
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.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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My personal qualities include a positive attitude and I genuinely like looking after people and making sure they have a good time. I am the same in the restaurant as I am out. 

I'm open minded about everything and try and make the best decision possible. I have patience, such as when training in a new staff member.  I take a lot of pride in whatever I do. I'm slightly ambitious and always striving for something better. If you're prepared to work for it, you will get it.

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