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 Lydia Peppard from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Lydia Peppard

Care Assistant

Health Service Executive

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Lydia Peppard
The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.

Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Rinne Aoife cúrsa sna dána in Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh sular thosaigh sí lena Gardaí Síochána. Is í an t-aon duine ar an chúrsa a tháinig isteach tríd an slí Gaeilge.

Aoife O’Malley is from the Gaeltacht region of Connemara in Co. Galway. She joined An Gardaí Síochána after completing an Arts degree in NUI Galway and is the only person in her intake to have entered through the Irish route.

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