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 Emilia Gilroy from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Emilia Gilroy


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It is a very rewarding but also extremely challenging job. It requires a lot of resilience, mental strength, patience and compassion. It means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances.

It involves making difficult decisions, which will have life changing consequences for the offenders. If you think you have the ability to handle all that, it is a truly great job with amazing opportunities.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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This course introduces students to the political, legal and economic institutions that interact and help to shape the current global environment.

In years one and two the areas of economics, politics and law are studied. In years three and four options for specialisation are offered.

Core learning skills and research methodologies are intrinsic to the course.


Students taking this course will learn about the law and the social forces that affect law and the legal process and will engage critically with the possibilities of law reform.

The course combines innovative teaching on foundational law subjects (e.g constitutional law, contract law, criminal law) with critical perspectives on the practice of law and the wider role of law in society.

Year one comprises compulsory modules with optional modules in years two and three.

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