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 Ronan Quinn from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Ronan Quinn

Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Ronan Quinn
You need to look forward to working and interacting with the public for most of your day. Can you arrive at a situation where there are a number of people arguing and they listen to you when you take control? You must have an interest in helping people, and you must have utter integrity.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU 

   Working for the government to ensure the efficient and correct running of the country.

Education 

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

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.

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.

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.

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Luke Drea
Event Rider

Luke Drea is a 3 Day Event Rider who is Self Employed. He left school before the the Leaving Cert exams to study in Kildalton Agricultural and Horticultural College in Kilkenny, where he completed the Sport Horse Production course. During his Transition year in school he took a year out to work with horses and did the British Horse Society stage I & 2 exams.

Luke Drea, Event Rider
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