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 David Fleming from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

David Fleming

Sub Lieutenant - Navy

Defence Forces

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  David Fleming
Learn about the Naval Service – look at the website, visit a ship alongside a port when they are open to the public, talk to any friends/family in the Naval Service, ring the Recruiting Office.
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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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INOU

The INOU website contains a useful overview of what you need to know when you become unemployed.

The INOU works at local and national levels on issues affecting unemployed people. They support local groups through services such as training, information and analysis of government policies.

In particular, the downloadable leaflets Know Your Welfare Rights and Looking for Work their booklet Working for Work are very comprehensive and useful resources for jobseekers.

To find out more about INOU supports - click here
To search job vacancies - click here



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Following the completion of my degree, with a break of one year, I applied for a job as Mechanical Engineer to a few companies. In the case of my current Employer, I sent my CV in response to job advertisements in college and on graduate web-sites. I was then invited for two rounds of interviews, as a result of which I received a letter with the much desired job offer.
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