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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.

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Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.

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Niamh Briggs, Garda

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Niamh Briggs is a Community Garda based in Limerick. She completed a degree in Exercise & Health Studies in WIT prior to joining An Gardaí Síochána. Niamh is captain of the Irish women's rugby team and intends to sit her Sergeant exams in the coming year.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Apart from joining the Garda Síochána itself, joining Community Policing as it’s a role I have enjoyed. I love that I am more involved with the local community and provide an outlet for them.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

My work colleagues who I work with on a day to day basis, and my supervisors to date.

How did you go about getting your current job?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Community Policing was an area that always interested me and when a vacancy came up, I applied through my Sergeant and my application was accepted.

Describe a typical day?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

There is no typical day in An Garda Síochána there is huge variety in the job. We could be doing anything from walking the beat to attending community meetings to visiting schools or being involved in the regular policing of the district which involve arrests, searches and interviewing.

What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Our main tasks are to build up a rapport with members of the community and to provide a friendly face to those who need it.

What are the main challenges?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

The main challenges are ones that effect society as a whole today, poverty, homelessness and trying to police the increasing rate of crime.

What's cool?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I love the variety that comes with this job, not knowing who you are going to meet or what you may come across. I also love that more often than not I get to work outdoors and meet so many different characters.

What's not so cool?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

The unpredictable nature of the job has its benefits but on occasions can affect pre-made plans with family or friends.

What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I am a good communicator, friendly personality and have a positive outlook. I also have computer and typing skills which assists me with my day to day job.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I took all the mainstream subjects along with French, Biology, Geography and Business Studies.

What is your education to date?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

After my Leaving Cert I completed a degree in Exercise & Health Studies before joining the Gardaí.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

My schooling and college experience have helped me deal with the public and situations that I encounter everyday in my job.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Organising an outlet for young kids from Limerick Regeneration Areas to partake in sports such as rugby and soccer has been very rewarding.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I have an outgoing personality and can show compassion when the need arises.

What is your dream job?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I am presently doing my dream job in Community Policing but in the future I’d like to have some involvement with training in the job.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

Yes, its very important to have a good balance between work and other interests in your life.

What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I think the three most important characteristics that are required for the job include being outgoing/assertive, being able to keep calm in pressure situations and be able to show compassion or empathy in any situation.

What is your pet hate at work?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

My pet hate at work is having to deal with violent prisoners.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I intend to sit my Sergeant Exams this year.

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

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I think any type of work that involves dealing with the public will be good experience for anyone looking to become a member of An Garda Síochána.

What is your current job title?

Niamh Briggs, Garda

I took all the mainstream subjects along with French, Biology, Geography and Business Studies.

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