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Garda Trainee Aishling Butler

Aishling Butler is a Garda Trainee in Templemore Garda College (Phase 1, week 17). She holds an honours degree in Sport and Recreation Management. Aishling aspires to be a Community Garda helping members of the public on a daily basis.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

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The decision I made to begin my training is the main milestone so far.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

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I have many friends who are members of An Garda Síochana and they always speak highly of their career.

How did you go about getting your current job?

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I applied through publicjobs.ie.

Describe a typical day?

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My day is 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
A typical day involves learning about different areas of the Gardaí from Law to self defence to preparation of files.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

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Being professional at all times, being accountable with tasks such as reports, statements and presentations.

What are the main challenges?

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So far in my training the main challenges would be getting used to the change of lifestyle inside the college.

What's cool?

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The variety and the people I meet everyday.

What's not so cool?

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So far I can't say I dislike anything. Things are challenging but you grow to like the tasks.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

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My interpersonal skills - I believe having a way with people is important in this line of work.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

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LCVP - Work Experience influenced my career path.

What is your education to date?

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I have an honours degree in Sports and Recreation Management.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

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Work experience, role plays as coach and presentations.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

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Beginning my training is so far my most rewarding event.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

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I believe I'm good with people and this helps in this line of work.

What is your dream job?

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I see myself as a Community Garda out there helping the public on a day to day basis.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

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As a trainee we don't really fully understand the lifestyle yet but hopefully in 16 weeks I will find out what type of lifestyle we will have and I've no doubt I will adjust.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

, Garda Trainee

Take every opportunity available, don't be afraid to do voluntary work and get involved in communities.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

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Interpersonal Skills, Communication and Patience. 

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

, Garda Trainee

I will take any opportunity that arises in the future.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

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Working with Communities. Office work would be beneficial as it would help you develop communication skills which is key.

What is your current job title?

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