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 Gail Smith from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Obtain the minimum requirements in the Leaving Cert. You must also have a clean criminal record. If you are successful in joining, you have to be willing to listen and learn from your instructors who have years of experience.

Being a Garda is a serious job; one where you are tasked every day with the preservation of life and property. This can be dangerous at times, and it is never as glamorous as the television shows where there is always a satisfactory outcome. Sometimes Gardaí get hurt.

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Information from National Skills Bulletin 2009, compiled by FAS and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs
Science Occupations 
Engineering Occupations 
IT Professional Occupations 
Business & Financial Occupations 
Healthcare Occupations 
Education Occupations 
Social & Care Occupations 
Legal & Security Occupations 
Construction Professional Occupations 
Construction Craft Occupations 
Other Craft Occupations 
Arts, Sports & Tourism Occupations 
Transport & Logistices Occupations 
Administrative and Secretarial Occupations 
Sales and Customer Service Occupations 
Operatives 
General Workers 

Current Skill shortages
Accommodation Staff - Hotel
Accountant
Accounting Technician
Actuary
Big Data Specialists
Biological / Microbiological Scientist
Business Consultant
Business Development Executive
Buyer / Purchasing Officer
Chef
Commis Chef
Computer / IT Support Specialist
Computer Programmer
Computer System Administrator
Credit Controllers
Database Administrator
Doctor / GP
Engineer - Automation
Engineer - Chemical
Engineer - Chemical Process
Engineer - Design & Development
Engineer - Electronic
Engineer - Manufacturing
Engineer - Mechanical
Engineer - Polymer
Engineer - Quality
Engineer - Software
Engineer - Urban Planning
Engineer - Validation
Engineering Technician - Electrical
Financial Adviser
Hospitality Assistant
Investment Analyst
IT Consultant
IT Manager
IT Project Manager
Kitchen Assistant
Laboratory Technician
Logistics / Supply Chain Manager
Manufacturing Technician
Nurse - General
Pastry Chef
Polymer Technician
Product Marketing Manager
QA (Quality Assurance) Analyst
Risk Analyst
Tax Accountant
Technical Architect
Technical Sales Representative - Telecoms
Web Developer
 

 

The Labour Market

The labour market is a term used to describe the relationship between the workplace (available employment) and the workforce (people, aged 16 and over, who are working or are available to work). A labour market is said to be healthy if there is enough work available for all those who seek it. Most countries in the world have some difficulty achieving or maintaining a healthy labour market.

In Ireland, as in other countries, the health of our labour market changes over time. In the years up to 2007, we had one of the strongest (healthiest) labour markets in the world. Between then and 2013 our economy was under enormous stress, resulting in a large number of people looking for work, but little work available. Ireland's economy showed signs of recovery towards the end of 2013, reversing the employment trends of the previous years. Many workers upskilled while unemployed in order to adapt to new types of jobs available.

The following links provide access to the main sources of information from which we determine the state of our labour market. It is worth noting that the predictions and commentries made by economists, researchers and journalists provide information to be considered carefully, but we recommend that any predictions as to the future state of the labour market (2+ years) should be just one factor of many to be considered to guide your choice of career.

View a list of those occupations which are causing difficulties in our labour market from here:

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These links are to well established sources of information used to review, evaluate and predict changes in our labour market.

EGFSN - Report for HE Providers on Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme 
February 2014 Report "Guidance for Higher Education providers on current and future skills needs of enterprise - Springboard 2014 / ICT Level 8 Conversion Programme"
Addressing Future Demand for High-level ICT Skills (EGFSN) 
Study forecasting the demand for high-level ICT skills to 2018, across all sectors of the economy in Ireland.
The Green Economy in Ireland (EGFSN) 
This study identifies the future skills needs of enterprise engaged within the green economy in Ireland and proposes a range of measures to ensure that their future skills base will drive business and employment growth. The study informs education and tra
CSO - Central Statistics Office 
This is the primary source of statistical information about our population. Several of the reports generated by the CSO provide the basis of most other reports on the Labour Market.
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
Vacancy Overview 2012 
Released Feb. 2013 by the skills and Labour Market Unit of FAS (now SOLAS) on behalf of the EGFSN, the report outlines areas where job vacancies arose during 2012 and areas where demand continues to exist
Forfás - Ireland's national policy and advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation 
Forfás provides the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation (formerly Enterprise, Trade and Employment - DETE) and other stakeholders with analysis, advice and support on issues related to enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation.
Skills and Labour Market Reports 
A list of current Publications directly related to Labour Market conditions produced jointly by SOLAS (formerly FAS) and the EGFSN
EGFSN - Expert Group on Future Skills Needs 
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) is a body appointed by the Irish Government to advise it on aspects of education and training related to the future skills requirements of the enterprise sector of the Irish economy.
HEA - Higher Education Authority 
This link points to some of the Statistical data created by the HEA relating to our Higher Education system.
Employment Outlook Survey (Manpower) 
Measures employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. It is the only forward-looking survey of its kind, unparalleled in its size, scope, longevity and area of focus, based on interviews
ESRI - Economic and Social Research Institute 
The ESRI is one of Europe's leading research centres in the social sciences. Their main focus is research on economic and social change in Ireland in the new global context.
EU Skills Panorama Website 
The EUSP provides National, European and International research findings on labour market, skills shortages and jobs.
Dept of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation - Labour Force Development 
The Labour Force Development Division works to ensure that the skills required for competitive businesses are available in the work force.

 
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These sites provide news of current events that relate to our evolving labour market.

IBEC Quarterly Economic Trends 
Download publication in PDF format.
Irish Independant News - Labour Market 
Current news relating to the Irish Labour market.
Vacancy Overview 2012 
Released Feb. 2013 by the skills and Labour Market Unit of FAS (now SOLAS) on behalf of the EGFSN, the report outlines areas where job vacancies arose during 2012 and areas where demand continues to exist
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b
National Skills Bulletin 2013 
Current National Skills Bulletin, providing a detailed overview of the Irish labour market. It is based on research conducted by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (Now SOLAS)on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.

 
Labour Market Commentries 4

These links are to sites web pages that contain commentries and views about aspects of our labour market.

Future Skills Requirements of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector 
The biopharma pharmachem sector has a high economic impact in the Irish economy, providing significant high skilled employment. This report examines trends and drivers of change and potential impact on employment and skills over 2010-2015
OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development 
Economic Survey of Ireland
Vacancy Report 2011 
Produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS (now SOLAS) on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Provides an overview of the demand for labour as measured by trends in advertised job vacancies.
Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 
Released Feb 2013 This study addresses the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland over the period 2012-2020. The study was developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken b

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