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 Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Niamh Briggs

Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Niamh Briggs
I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.
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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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Options after School

Leaving school is one of the major milestones for all students, and choosing what to do next is not always an easy decision. Most students will continue their education or enter training of some form, and some of the many pathways are shown below.

The majority of students will go on the Higher education (through the CAO) and Further education (PLC or FETCH training courses).

Opportunities for apprenticeships and training roles are now changing and widening to include degree level occupational apprenticeship options. There is also evidence that more students are studying abroad now than in the past.

Most of the available Education and Training options can be seen from the diagram below:


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Click on the icons below for further career and progression information in each area:

Apprenticeships - This is the route by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland.
STATE BODIES
Teagasc - The Agriculture and Food Development Authority in Ireland
BIM - the State agency with responsibility for developing the Irish Seafood Industry in Ireland
Coillte - commercial company operating state forestry, land based businesses, renewable energy and panel products.
SOLAS - the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland.
An Garda Síochána - The Irish police service responsible for law enforcement
The Defence Forces - responsible for the security of the State
Occupational Apprenticeships

The Insurance Practitioner Apprenticeship is a three-year nationwide programme and is one of the best ways to begin a career in insurance.

This ‘earn and learn’ scheme allows career starters to begin working in an insurance company straight away, earn a salary and work towards a degree – the BA (Hons) in Insurance Practice.

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