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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.
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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Student Grants - SUSI


SUSI are still accepting applications for the 2016/17 academic year. Applications received before the 8th of July will be prioritised. 

Students attending full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses and full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) can get financial support through the means-tested Student Grant Scheme.

Grant rates for qualifying students vary according to a number of factors including: household income, family size and whether the student's college is close to their permanent residence.

The Student Grant Scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study.

SUSI is the new centralised online system for processing grant application forms. To view the online application form click here.

The Grant scheme is made up of 2 components:

  • A Maintenance Grant and
  • A Fee Grant.

The Maintenance Grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs, while the Fee Grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:

  • Tuition fees
  • Student contribution and
  • Cost of essential field trips.

In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will also qualify for whatever elements of a fee grant apply to your situation.

NB: Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the General Criteria  and to use the Ready Reckoner provided on the SUSI website. The eligibility reckoner is provided by SUSI to assist students in deciding whether they should apply for a student grant. It provides a quick indication of eligibility for grant funding based on the answers given to 10 questions without completing and submitting  a full online grant application. 

If you are doing a Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and getting the BTEA or a VTOS allowance you are exempt from the new student participant charge (€200). You may have to pay a course charge for books, exam fees and other costs.

To apply for student grant via SUSI click here
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I am currently studying for a BA in Social Studies (Disability). My organisation offers on the job training to the staff on an ongoing basis. This enables staff to update and expand their skills.
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