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 Bru Amerlynck from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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LCVP & LCA

Both the Leaving Cert Vocational Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied Programme have modules focused on preparing for work.

Most of your school work is designed to provide you with a good general education -  teaching us about our history, our planet, how business operates, how science and technology affects our world and so on.  Without this education, it would be hard to earn a living in the modern world.

However, our general education doesn't cover some of the essential skills required to find jobs, or prepare for the world of employment. Employers are constantly shocked at how bad some students are at applying for jobs and even at interviews. These students simply don't seem to understand the basics of job applications and what employers want.

The LCVP module 'Preparation for the World of Work' and LCA module 'Vocational Preparation & Guidance' address this issue directly, and cover the essential requirements for students in the modern world.

Follow the links on this page to explore the various topics covered in these modules.

One of the key learning points of LCVP and LCA programmes is to help you look at your own personal qualities and characteristics and see how they relate to a career. We asked all of our career interviewees the question "What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Here is what they said...





I have been told that the ability to get on well with people and work as a team is my best quality in my job.

Organisation has always been a priority for me in every job. When organising a project or even a simple job I keep records and note and file these away when the job is complete.

I am warm with people and easy to get along with, and find myself the person who often leads the team and helps everyone along.

These qualities coupled with my decision making capabilities, which are being honed with time, make me a good team leader. I can recognise other peoples personalities and how to make the best of them within the team.

I am also very ambitious and hard working and I never fail to surprise people with my enthusiasm for work!

New challenges motivate me and drive me to succeed.



Hint: CRH plc

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