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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Every state needs to protect its citizens. In Ireland, national security, intelligence and law enforcement is the responsibility of the Irish police force - An Garda Síochána. There is also a large private security sector, providing protection for homes, businesses and large public events or bouncers for pubs.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, negotiation, people management, problem solving, developing relationships,

Key Facts

800 
new recruits to the Defence Forces targeted in 2018
800 
new gardaí to be recuited in 2018
34,539
number of security personal registered with the Private Security Authority
1,342
number of companies providing security services registered with the Private Security Authority

Labour Market Information

Approximately 58,800 persons (75% male) were employed in the Security, Defence & Law Enforcement sector, representing 2.7% of the national workforce.

Between 2012 and 2017, overall employment increased by 2,700 (1.0%) on average annually (compared to 3.1% nationally). The strongest rate of employment growth was observed for security guards (4.5%) during the period.

Excluding security guards, there was very little employment growth in these occupations over the five years examined and there was no evidence in the analysis of difficulties sourcing candidates.




Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Defence Forces

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Military Careers
Military Careers

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Work Experience
Work Experience

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Work Experience
An Garda Síochána

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  • Education and Training 
  • Entry Requirements
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Garda Reserve

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  • How to Volunteer
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Joining An Garda Síochána
Joining An Garda Síochána

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  • FAQs
  • Opportunities for Civilians 
  • Garda College

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Career Interview Videos...

Rodney Cadden, Margaret Daly & David McLoughlin  - Garda Reserve
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Rodney Cadden, Margaret Daly & David McLoughlin - Garda Reserve

Dave McInerney - Garda
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Dave McInerney - Garda

Jack McGovern - Garda Trainee
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Jack McGovern - Garda Trainee

Mark Spain  - Garda Trainee
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Mark Spain - Garda Trainee

College Course Videos...

Police and Security Studies  - Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
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Police and Security Studies - Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Fire & Ambulance Services PFA - Blackrock Further Education Institute
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Fire & Ambulance Services PFA - Blackrock Further Education Institute