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 Padraig Parle from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:
It is essential to be a very patient and organised person. Also you must have a sense of humour, be easy going and not take yourself too seriously.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Adam Nolan joined An Garda Síochána in 2008 and is part of the community police team in Bray Garda Station, Co. Wicklow. Adam is an avid boxer and one of his biggest achievements to date is representing Ireland in the Olympic Games.