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 Steven Kilgannon from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Steven Kilgannon

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Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals.
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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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What are you interested in?

Notice that if you are interested in something, you don't get bored of it easily, and you are happy to spend lots of time with it. Your interests satisfy you in some way, and you feel good.

You have probably noticed that people seem to have all sorts of different interests - no two people being exactly alike. However, you may also notice that people may have similar interests - like sport, music, TV etc.

When it comes to careers, psychologists have noticed something similar - no two people have exactly the same interests, but many people share general interests, such as doing practical things, or helping people, or doing science.

These general interests form a simple way of helping people choose their careers. If you like to care for people, then 'Caring' careers are very likely to be attractive to you. Likewise, if you like being creative all the time, then you are likely to find 'Creative' careers to be interesting.

After years of research, psychologists have agreed that using the simple idea of career interests is enough to help most people find careers that prove to be satisfying. They have created a number of tests to measure career interests, and use the results to recommend different career possibilities.

We recommend that you create an account (SignUp) on this site so that you can take a career interests test. These sort of tests don't have any right or wrong answers - they simply help reveal your interests - which can be helpful. They also suggest some careers to explore that are popular with others who have similar interests to you.





"My dream job would be a primary school teacher. A strange choice, but you never know I may still take that route in years to come."


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