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 Tom Tooher from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

Tom Tooher

Lieutenant - Army

Defence Forces

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Tom Tooher

Look up the Defence Forces website at www.military.ie and talk to serving personnel. If its possible try to visit a barracks.

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After leaving school, Colm went to UCD to study Chemical Engineering, and then on to work with Irish Cement as a Process Engineer. He moved within the CRH Group to Switzerland and during his time there completed an MBA, which has opened many new opportunities within the Group.
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