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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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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...





High level of communication, interpersonal and interpretive skills. Ability to work on own initiative. Very good organisational skills. Motivated and ambitious.


Hint: CRH plc

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