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Naturalist?

Naturalist

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.

An Garda Sí­ochána

Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu.
Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.

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Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Aishling Butler is a Garda Trainee in Templemore Garda College (Phase 1, week 17). She holds an honours degree in Sport and Recreation Management. Aishling aspires to be a Community Garda helping members of the public on a daily basis.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

The decision I made to begin my training is the main milestone so far.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I have many friends who are members of An Garda Síochana and they always speak highly of their career.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I applied through publicjobs.ie.

Describe a typical day?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

My day is 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
A typical day involves learning about different areas of the Gardaí from Law to self defence to preparation of files.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Being professional at all times, being accountable with tasks such as reports, statements and presentations.

What are the main challenges?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

So far in my training the main challenges would be getting used to the change of lifestyle inside the college.

What's cool?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

The variety and the people I meet everyday.

What's not so cool?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

So far I can't say I dislike anything. Things are challenging but you grow to like the tasks.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

My interpersonal skills - I believe having a way with people is important in this line of work.

What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

LCVP - Work Experience influenced my career path.

What is your education to date?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I have an honours degree in Sports and Recreation Management.

What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Work experience, role plays as coach and presentations.

What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Beginning my training is so far my most rewarding event.

What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I believe I'm good with people and this helps in this line of work.

What is your dream job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I see myself as a Community Garda out there helping the public on a day to day basis.

Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

As a trainee we don't really fully understand the lifestyle yet but hopefully in 16 weeks I will find out what type of lifestyle we will have and I've no doubt I will adjust.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Take every opportunity available, don't be afraid to do voluntary work and get involved in communities.

What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Interpersonal Skills, Communication and Patience. 

Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

I will take any opportunity that arises in the future.

What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Working with Communities. Office work would be beneficial as it would help you develop communication skills which is key.

What is your current job title?

Aishling Butler, Garda Trainee

Garda Trainee

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