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.

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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2017 Competition Winners

Congratulations to all this years winners of the 2017 National Career Skills Competition!
Award ceremony photos available on our Facebook page.

Transition Year

Place Student Name School Career
1st Prize                  Robyn Maxwell Colaiste Muire, College Road Ennis, Co. Clare Software Engineer
2nd Prize - Joint Claire McGill Presentation College Tuam Journalist
2nd Prize - Joint Lauren McKenna St. Louis Secondary School, Monaghan Town Graphic Designer
3rd Prize Shauna Clinton Sacred Heart, Sunnyside, Drogheda Paediatric Psychiatrist
4th Place - Joint Grace Ruddin Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney Food Scientist
4th Place - Joint Lorcan Tuohy Donnelly Borrisokane Community College, Co. Tipperary Software Developer
Highly Commended Ethan O'Gorman Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney Accountant
Highly Commended Brenna O'Keeffe Colaiste Muire, College Road Ennis, Co. Clare Accommodation/Housekeeper
Highly Commended Mary O'Donnell Loreto Secondary School Fermoy Food & Nutritional Scientist
Highly Commended Rhiannon Mulcaire Saint Pauls Secondary School, Oughterard Solicitor

Leaving Cert

Including LCA and LCVP

Place Student Name School Career
1st Prize                  Eabha NíFhlaithearta Coláiste Einde, Galway Beauty Therapist
2nd Prize Olive Moran Eureka Secondary Scools, Kells Pre school Teacher
3rd Prize Fionn Jordan Meanscoil Gharman, Brownswood, Wexford Electrician apprenticeship
Highly Commended Niamh Nic Ghiolla Bhride Meanscoil Gharman, Brownswood, Wexford Agricultural Scientist
Highly Commended Abigail O'Neill Sacred Heart, Sunnyside, Drogheda Paediatrician
Commended Laura Copse Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton, Co Limerick. Nurse
Commended Talor Aiyegbeni Sacred Heart, Sunnyside, Drogheda Surgeon
Commended Cathal Kelly Colaiste Mhuire Askeaton, Co Limerick. Games Programmer


Place Student Name School Career
Maeve Fahy Gaelchóláiste Luimnigh Mhargaíocht
Cian Ó Nualláin Coláiste Naomh Mel, Longfort Múinteoir Bunscoile
Hazel Ní Bhroin Coláiste an Eachréidh, Baile Átha an Rí Polaitíocht
Ard-Mholadh Clíodhna Ní Niaidh Coláiste nabPiarsach, Ros Muc Léachtóir & Taighdeoir Eolaíochta
Ard-Mholadh Josh McGiff Gaelchóláiste Luimnigh Achtúire
Moladh David Kennedy Gaelchóláiste Luimnigh Trédlia
Moladh Kiara Ní Dhúgáin Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán Múinteoireacht Bunscoile
Moladh Ellen Ní Shiomóin Pobailscoil Charn Domhnaigh, Dun Na nGall Muinteoir I Ngaelscoil Náisúinta
Moladh Orlaith Ní She Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán Máinlia

FET Adult Learner

Place Student Name College Career
1st Prize                  Ellen Reville Ormonde College of Further Education, Co. Kilkenny. QQI Level 5 Animal Care,
2nd Prize Rita Ryan Tallaght Adult Education Centre, Dublin. QQI Level 4 Access Course to Third Level,
Joint 3rd Prize Shane Scully Kylemore Community Training Centre, Dublin 10. QQI Level 4 Employment Skills,
Joint 3rd Prize Linda Haran Moate Business College, Co. Westmeath. QQI Level 5 Business & Administration Skills,
Highly Commended Gregory Tobin National Learning Network, Waterford. QQI Level 4 Employment Skills,
Highly Commended Emma Hallissey Kerry College of Further Education. QQI Level 5 Childcare,
Highly Commended Sarah Kelly Ormonde College, Co. Kilkenny. QQI Level 5, Art & Design,
Highly Commended Laura Tyrell Ormonde College, Co. Kilkenny. QQI Level 5, Beauty Therapy,