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 Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Niamh Briggs


An Garda Síochána

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I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

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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DT066 is the common first year entry point for the majority of four year level 8 engineering degrees in DIT. Students specialise in second and subsequent years and may choose:

  • Civil Engineering,
  • Structural Engineering,
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  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering or
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Students learn fundamental principles (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry), Engineering Applications (Mechanics and Electrotechnolgy) and Applied Skills (Technical Graphics, Computing and Professional Development). Throughout the year the theoretical subjects are supported by laboratories and a comprehensive programme of design projects including a robot building project, a bridge building project and an energy efficiency project.


This 1-year programme provides a general access route to engineering programmes for those who have not decided which engineering discipline they would like to study. On successful completion of the programme, students will have the mathematical and scientific basis to successfully enter the second year of seven different Level 7 discipline-specific programmes. In addition, in a limited number of cases, some students with proven ability may be permitted to progress to the first year of the Level 8 Engineering (General Entry) programme DT066. This course will suit students who have an interest in technology and in solving problems in the engineering world. You will study a combination of maths, science, engineering design, drawing and you will also be given a general introduction to the engineering profession. There is a strong emphasis on group projects within the programme. Students are assessed by a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and continuous assessment projects.

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