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 Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Louise Mc Donald

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Louise Mc Donald
I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.
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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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At Monaghan Institute we offer not only academic excellence, but flexibility and the ability to respond quickly in meeting the changing needs of learners. We offer an ever increasing range of Post Leaving Certificate Courses. You can now enter education at any age or stage of your life. The life learning approach is at the very heart of Monaghan Institutes vision of education. On successful completion of your course you will gain national and or international accreditation and recognition for the course completed. We recently moved into a pupose built and very spacious (7,050 m2) and beautifully designed new campus building arranged over four floors in two separate blocks.