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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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The Labour Market is constantly changing, with certain career sectors growing and others declining according to local and global change.

Currently, companies in Ireland are having difficulty in recruiting people with particular skills and experience, and labour market predictions indicate that some of these areas will continue to be a concern for employers over the next few years.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) publish a list anually, of what occupations and roles are experiencing skills shortages, and make recommendations for colleges and educators to alter their programmes to facilitate the ongoing changes.

This is good news for people looking for employment or a career change - it means that they can upskill or retrain themselves to be qualified for the jobs in demand, with a better than average chance of finding employment in their chosen area.

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The position was advertised on the company notice board, shorthly after applying for the job I attended a first round interview and then a second round interview.

A week later I was offered the job.

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