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.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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This is one of three follow on options from LM123 Biological and Chemical Sciences (Common Entry).

You will be provided with a strong foundation in biology, chemistry and ecology, and with an indepth knowledge in environmental technology, environmental management, conservation and waste management. The main areas of study will include

  • Environmental Science - the application of the fundamental sciences to environmental issues
  • Environmental Management - how strategies can be developed and implemented in protecting all aspects of the environment
  • CleanTechnology - the use of cleaner technologies and processes to minimise the negative impacts of technology on the environment
  • Waste Management - study of the physical methodologies and techniques for dealing with increasing levels of waste generated by the manufacturer and consumer
  • Health & Safety - a complementary area to environmental science which specifically deals with significant health and safety issues both in the workplace and in outdoor environments.

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