Many varied Career opportunities exist in the Army, Navy Service and the Air Corps.
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Tom is a Lieutenant in the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, based in Dublin. He completed a Masters degree in Agricultural science, went on to work in environmental engineering for 2 years and then enlisted in the Army as a Cadet.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Firstly, the thought process I went through in choosing my Leaving Certificate subjects was naturally going to have a huge effect on my career. As a result I put a lot of time and consideration into that area.
Based on my results I decided to pursue a 3rd level course finishing with a Masters in Agriculture in UCD. I pursued a career in the environmental industry before finally joining the Defence Forces.
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
I heard about the cadetship after attending a talk with an Army Officer at a careers evening in UCD. I enlisted and completed my training.
After being commissioned as an army officer I was posted to my unit which is based in Dublin. I had to do two interviews, a fitness test and a full medical. I was notified via post and phone.
Describe a typical day?
There is no typical day. For example one day I could be involved in training soldiers, another in unit administration, another I could even be deployed overseas.
I am mainly employed in a leadership/management role with responsibilities for unit training, career development and operations. There is constant pressure being placed in a leadership role but that's just part of the job. The rewards are good, good opportunities to travel and to be promoted.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
Look up the Defence Forces website at www.military.ie and talk to serving personnel. If its possible try to visit a barracks.
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?