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 Nan Hu from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Nan Hu


An Garda Síochána

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  Nan Hu
I would advise those considering the job to be patient and to be good at what you are doing and when the opportunity comes to join An Garda Siochana just take it!.

If you are part of a minority group in Ireland and considering joining An Garda Síochána then my advice to you is to go for it because as a foreign national working in the organisation I promise there is no discrimination in An Garda Síochána.

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 drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, 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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Out of Pocket Expenses

In circumstances where a person receiving a relevant Social Welfare payment agrees to attend a specified short-term course of education, training or development that is initiated and organised by a Department Facilitator, s/he will be paid "out of pocket expenses".

The "Out of Pocket Expenses" is a payment towards costs i.e. meal and travel that participants may incur as a result of participation on a course of education, training or development.

NOTE: Out of Pocket Expenses are payable only to JA/JB recipients who agree to attend specified short-term courses of education, training and development that are initiated and organised by a Facilitator. The course of education, training or development must be initiated and organised by a Facilitator through locally based service providers i.e. Vocational Education Committees, SOLAS, HSE, Aontas, NALA etc. and should be up to 18 weeks (this can be extended to 26 weeks with approval).

JA/JB recipients who secure a place on an approved course of education, training or development themselves are not eligible for payment of Out of Pocket Expenses.

Rate of Out of Pocket Expenses

Out of Pocket Expenses is paid at a weekly rate of €32.00 (May 2007) for Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit recipients who agree to attend a course of study/training for three days or more per week. This is reduced to a weekly rate of €20.00 for participants who agree to attend a course of study/training for two days or less per week.

This payment is in recognition of the fact that attendance on a specified course may entail expenses for those on a small budget. The payment towards costs i.e. meal and travel that participants may incur as a result of participation on a course of education, training and development.

There is no extra payment or allowance if you are doing a Momentum course. These courses do not attract out-of-pocket expenses.

The provision of out-of-pocket expenses is administrative. This means a decision to refuse you out-of-pocket expenses cannot be appealed to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

This additional payment is not taken into account as means in the assessment of Jobseeker’s Allowance, but it may affect the amount of Rent Supplement or Mortgage Interest Supplement you are getting.

For further information on Out of Pocket Expenses click here
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Learning and Development is actively encouraged at the ESB. Currently, I am planning on doing a few one day courses this year to help broaden my knowledge on the new things I am learning at work. In the future, I may decide to do another diploma or degree.
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