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 Steven Kilgannon from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

Steven Kilgannon

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Steven Kilgannon
Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Enterprising
Enterprising
 
General
Enterprising types like situations and work that involves starting up and carrying out projects. These types like challenging situations and are usually good at leading or motivating others. They are often enthusiastic and ambitious.

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 like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.

Activities
Enterprising activities may include general sales work (e.g. Sales Assistant, Telesales), motivating others on projects (e.g. Supervisor), developing goals for an organisation (e.g. Manager), exploring new ways to deal with old problems (e.g Management Consultants), predicting future trends and patterns (e.g. Business Analyst), prioritising over multiple tasks, taking risks, and managing one's own business (e.g. Retail Manager).