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 Emilia Gilroy from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Emilia Gilroy


An Garda Síochána

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  Emilia Gilroy
It is a very rewarding but also extremely challenging job. It requires a lot of resilience, mental strength, patience and compassion. It means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances.

It involves making difficult decisions, which will have life changing consequences for the offenders. If you think you have the ability to handle all that, it is a truly great job with amazing opportunities.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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I think I am good with dealing with people. I find it easy to talk to anybody regardless of what their professional background might be, and can comfortably talk at very technical levels (on subjects I know about!!), but also to break it out to a higher level as the audience may require.

I have confidence in my abilities, but at the same time am aware of my limits, and if I don’t know the answer will not try to bluff one. I also like to finish things that I have started, and often get caught up in projects to ensure they are completed to a level that the issue demands. And above all , I never take myself too seriously, and if I didn’t enjoy doing this job on a daily basis I would look for an alternative career.

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