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 Mark Spain from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mark Spain

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If you are unsure I would recommend coming to an open day in the college and if possible also doing the Garda Reserve. It gives the best insight imaginable into the work of Gardaí.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

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A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 

A new dawn for Irish aquaculture

New data from Bord Iascaigh Mhara shows that aquaculture production rose 9% in volume to 44,000 tonnes in 2016. The value of production at first point of sale also increased by about 13% to €167 million.

The aquaculture industry contributed to providing 1,949 jobs, a 6% increase on 2015.

Oysters are aquaculture’s single largest employer, accounting for nearly 1,300 of these. Oyster farming is a relatively young industry in Ireland. Many of those involved are first generation producers. This has meant that they have been on a steep learning curve. Those in the industry have now developed the skills to more consistently produce the quality of oyster required by the market.

Read the report here.