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 Jack McGovern from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Jack McGovern

Garda Trainee

An Garda Síochána

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Get a degree in any area that you are interested in. It doesn't have to be directly related to sociology or Law. Apply to become a member of the Garda Reserve Gather life experience by travelling before you join.

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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Purchasing Manager

Liam Casey, Purchasing Manager

Liam Casey is a Purchasing Manager with Lidl Ireland. A graduate of UCD with a degree in Spanish & Politics, Liam then did a Higher Diploma in Business & IT. He left banking in 2004 to join Lidl, and spent 2004-2006 training in Germany and Belgium in Sales and Purchasing.

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