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 Paul Harding from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Prison Officer

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Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are. An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!
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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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General
Social types enjoy spending lots of time with people, and often make a profession out of providing some form of care or assistance to them. They like a work environment where they meet and discuss issues that concern individuals, often in a supportitive and nurturing role.

Interests
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.

Activities
The Social person's activities may include being receptive to others' needs (e.g Hospitality Assistant, Nurse), giving information and general guidance (e.g. Driving Instructor), teaching (e.g. School Teacher), listening and collecting information (e.g. Garda, Care Worker), providing professional guidance (e.g. Counsellor, Legal Advisor), and negotiating, mediating and resolving conflicts (e.g. Probation Officer).