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 Jonathan Smyth from Local Government Management Services Board to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Jonathan Smyth

Library Assistant

Local Government Management Services Board

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  Jonathan Smyth
  • You will need a genuine interest in people, ie good customer skills.
  • You must have good communication skills and a knowledge and liking of books.
  • Organising and putting yourself forward for projects is something you will need to do.
  • Enthusiasm is essential.
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Investigative?
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The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Job Seekers

Job seekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time
  • You may have many years of work experience under your belt
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the economic downturn or
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for a better job

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. In the current climate, finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-assessment exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what occupations would be most suited to you. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to CareersPortal.ie and creating your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 10 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what careers might suit you. You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related PLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 To create your on-line file just click on the image below.

 

 



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  Hint: An Garda Síochána

I'm attached to the Regional Traffic Department in Dublin Castle. We cover all of Co. Dublin. I've been there since 2003. Before that I was in a Divisional Traffic unit in Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Before I was accepted into Divisional Traffic, I had to sit an interview and pass a 'standard' motorcycle course. This was a four week course where I drove a Kawasaki 550 motorcycle. I was accepted into the Divisional Traffic Unit but I longed to drive with the 'Big Boys' - the Gardaí on the 1100 Pan Europeans (big Bikes).

In 2003 I applied to the Regional Traffic Department in Dublin Castle. I passed the interview and the advanced motorcycle course. It was long and really hard. I was only the third female Garda to pass this course and now I know why. It's definitely not for the faint-hearted. However the instructors were exceptional. I learned so much from them and I even have my own bike now.


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