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 Trevor Laffan from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Trevor Laffan

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  Trevor Laffan
There is no special talent required to do what I do and there are many capable of doing it. The first requirement is an ability to communicate with people, including listening skills. The second requirement is common sense. Unfortunately that can't be learned or purchased - you either have it or you don't. The third requirement is an interest in people.
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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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Contact details:
Contact Name:
www.hse.ie
Address:
Dr Steevens' Hospital
Steevens' Lane
Dublin 8
Email:
Web:
www.hse.ie
Phone:
+353 (01) 6352000
 
1 Lydia Peppard, Care Assistant
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Name:
Occupation:
Lydia Peppard
Care Assistant

Lydia works as a Health Care Assistant for the HSE and is based in St. Joseph's Hospital in Co. Meath. Lydia has worked in patient care throughout her career, and has completed an Honours Degree in Industrial Relations/HR in recent years. She would now like to move more into the Human Resources area and work on bringing about change that benefits all.

Lydia Peppard, Care Assistant 
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Midwife
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Anaesthetist
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Ambulance/Paramedic
Keith Hayes
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Pharmacist
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Rachel Berry
   
Speech and Language
Lisa Kelly
"I spend four mornings a week in a local primary school where there are two language units"
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Lisa Kelly
   
Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Ejiro O'Hare Stratton
"The person coming into the job would need to be patient, able to negotiate and work under pressure, as well as work on their own initiative"
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Social Worker
Mary Ita Heffernan
"Our main aim is to maintain a child in the care of its parents and all supports and interventions are given in an effort to achieve this"
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Mary Ita Heffernan
   
Care Assistant
Lydia Peppard
"I could be on the wards assessing staff performance or assessing the practical skills of those staff doing their FETAC Level 5 training"
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Lydia Peppard
   
Recruitment Manager
Frank Morrison
"Work within the HSE is usually very challenging and tends to keep you on your toes. You won't get bored"
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Frank Morrison