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 Paul Harding from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Paul Harding

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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!

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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Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU 

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Classic Arts, Languages and Culture 

   Working in museums, art galleries or heritage management, or using languages professionally, e.g. translating or interpreting.

Community & Voluntary 

   Working to provide services to people of all ages across areas including social, community, youth, education, and charity, voluntary and sporting organisations.


   Teaching at any level, including professional training, or involved in the design and development of courses and the qualifications that they lead to.

Law & Legal 

   Involved in the administration of the law, defending the rights of individuals and organisations.

Leisure, Sport & Fitness 

   Working in a leisure centre, in sports as a player or coach, or involved in personal /fitness training.

Media & Publishing  

   Communicating information through various forms of media, e.g. TV, Radio, newspapers, the internet, and film.

Security, Defence & Law Enforcement 

   Working in the Garda, Army, Navy, Air Corps, or other organisations involved in personal or national security.

Tourism & Hospitality 

   Attending to the needs of local and visiting tourists, e.g. the hotels, restaurants, bars and tourist attractions, and promoting Ireland as a welcoming place for people to spend their time.

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Niamh Briggs

Niamh Briggs is a Community Garda based in Limerick. She completed a degree in Exercise & Health Studies in WIT prior to joining An Gardaí Síochána. Niamh is captain of the Irish women's rugby team and intends to sit her Sergeant exams in the coming year.

Niamh Briggs, Garda


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