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 Emilia Gilroy from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Emilia Gilroy

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An Garda Síochána

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  Emilia Gilroy
It is a very rewarding but also extremely challenging job. It requires a lot of resilience, mental strength, patience and compassion. It means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances.

It involves making difficult decisions, which will have life changing consequences for the offenders. If you think you have the ability to handle all that, it is a truly great job with amazing opportunities.
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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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Employer Profiles

Employers are the people and organisations that work to achieve particular goals and objectives, and require the services of workers to achieve them. Usually the goals are shaped by commercial, political or philanthropic concerns. Employer can take the form of small businesses, medium size companies, or huge corporations with divisions that cut across many career sectors.

No two employers are the same, and our job and career satisfaction can be very tied to how well we fit in with an employer. Choosing an employer that operates in a way that you are comfortable with, and with co-workers that you enjoy, are often just as important as doing the job you are qualified to work at.

In this section we provide the opportunity for some of Irelands leading employers to give details of their organisation and some of their employment characteristics. Alongside these profiles are interviews of some of their employees. Regardless of the job roles you might be interested in, if you are interested in working with one of these companies you are likely to find important information in the interviews and videos provided.

View Employer Profiles here

Corporate Culture

Corporate Culture refers to the values and behaviors that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organisation. Corporate culture includes an organisation's expectations, experiences, philosophy, and values that hold it together, and is expressed in its self-image, inner workings, interactions with the outside world, and future expectations.

It is based on shared attitudes, beliefs, customs, and the written and unwritten rules that have been developed over time and are considered valid. It is shown in

(1) the ways the organisation conducts its business, treats its employees, customers, and the wider community

(2) the extent to which freedom is allowed in decision making, developing new ideas, and personal expression

(3) how power and information flow through its hierarchy, and

(4) how committed employees are towards collective objectives

Corporate Culture affects the organisation's productivity and performance, and provides guidelines on customer care and service, product quality and safety, attendance and punctuality, and concern for the environment. It also extends to production-methods, marketing and advertising practices, and to new product creation. Before considering a job with a company, it is always wise to find out as much as you can on the organisations culture to see if it is one you believe you can work well with.

Getting information on a companies corporate culture is difficult. Some of the main elements (pay and renumeration, career development opportunities, types of contract offered, equality policies etc.) can be found with a little research, while other elements are best revealed by talking to existing employees, or at the job interview.

In today's world of work, many employers are committed to making their workplaces and businesses inclusive environments, where everybody is treated with dignity and respect and policies are in place regarding issues such as equality, human rights, dignity at work, and fair recruitment. The Diversity Champions Graduate Directory 2013/14 is a directory of inclusive employers for graduates, students and job-seekers who want to choose LGBT inclusive workplaces.


 

Don't Confuse Your Work Life With Your Family Life

  

Your boss is not your parent and your co-workers are not your siblings. Remember that, and you'll avoid lots of unpleasant situations.