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 Rasaq Falade from Garda Reserve to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Rasaq Falade

Garda Reserve

Garda Reserve

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  Rasaq Falade
Anyone considering this job should be ready to work thoughtfully rather than reactively. Also they should be emotionally present and ready to facilitate meaningful conversation.
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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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Upskilling Programmes

The Irish government recognises the importance of education for both individuals and society. They have produced a number of initiatives along with financial supports to encourage citizens to continue their learning. So if you are unemployed, or simply want to further your education, there is likely to be a government scheme that will help you financially to do a course that you may want.

To search for SOLAS courses and training programmes click here

To view current Springboard courses click here.

To search for Momentum Projects click here

To search FIT courses click here

To check details of available Skillnets training click here

To search their training programmes click here

Search for Youthreach Courses

As most of these initiatives are designed to assist unemployed people improve their skills and increase their chance of gaining employment, we have more information on these programmes in our Job Seekers area.

Click here to go to Upskilling Programmes

Need advice on what to do?

With so many possible courses, and a variety of different financial supports available, many people choose to discuss their options with a local careers advisor. Government based services provide free consultations and are available nationwide.

Click here to go to Adult Guidance Supports