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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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.

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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This programme prepares individuals to be decision makers and leaders in planning our urban and rural environments and managers of our scarce natural resources.

This innovative programme combines both natural and social science perspectives and leads to an honours degree. Students learn about interpreting scientific, technical and design data and applying this to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies in the specialist areas of planning and environmental management.

Students take all subjects in Year 1 and in Year 2 choose options from the Spatial Planning or Environmental Management areas and fully specialise in Year 4. Projects and fieldwork, under the supervision of practising professionals, are an integral part of the programme and in Year 3 there is a field trip to another EU state. (Students need to make financial allowance for this). The programme also includes an optional practice placement in Year 4 of the programme, which will count against final marks.

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