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 Jack McGovern from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jack McGovern

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Get a degree in any area that you are interested in. It doesn't have to be directly related to sociology or Law. Apply to become a member of the Garda Reserve Gather life experience by travelling before you join.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Science Teacher
Cian O'Mahony

Cian O'Mahony
Design Engineer
Sinead Kenny

Sinead Kenny
Physicist
Dr Arlene O'Neill

Dr Arlene O'Neill
Science Communicator
Brian Macken

Brian Macken
Analytical Chemist
Brian O'Connor

Brian O'Connor
Mechatronic Engineer
Elva Bannon

Elva Bannon
Software Engineer
Karl Stanley

Karl Stanley
Planetary Scientist
Caitriona Jackman

Caitriona Jackman
Electronic Engineer
Shane Callanan

Shane Callanan
Science Communicator
James Stewart

James Stewart
Astronomer
Dave McDonald

Dave McDonald
Amateur Astronomer
Deirdre Kelleghan

Deirdre Kelleghan
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Explore career opportunities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

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Meet our People...
"I work with data from the magnetometer on the Cassini spacecraft which is in orbit around the planet Saturn"
Planetary Scientist
Caitriona Jackman
"I was awarded a scholarship from Intel to pursue a career in science so I chose applied physics in Dublin City University"
Physicist
Dr Arlene O'Neill
"Our main job is to deliver the science workshops, which includes coming up with the experiments and how to explain the science behind them"
Science Communicator
Brian Macken
"At the moment I am working with a group of young people, teaching them how to plan, shoot and edit a short film"
Science Communicator
James Stewart
"Engineers are the same all over the world. There are technical problems to solve, and we love to solve them!!!"
Electronic Engineer
Shane Callanan
"The coolest thing of all is to hear that the device has worked and that the quality of life of patients has improved."
Design Engineer
Sinead Kenny
"The purpose of technology is to automate the things that people are bad at, so they can spend more time doing things they are good at"
Software Engineer
Karl Stanley

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SmartFutures Logo Smart Futures is a government-industry programme providing science, technology, engineering andmaths (STEM) careers information to second-level students, parents, teachers and careers guidance counsellors in Ireland.

Check out the numerous resources on the Smart Futures website such as:

  • Career videos with people working in areas such as food and sports science, cybersecurity, engineering, energy, app development, biotechnology, medical devices and lots more.
  • Read career interviews profiling people working in STEM in our blog series ‘Career Stories’ or simply
  • Look up a career by entering a keyword (e.g chemistry) in the search box.

Smart Futures is coordinated and managed by Science Foundation Ireland, in partnership with the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme. It is supported by 50+ organisations such as Novartis, SAP, IBM and Zurich, as well as bodies like BioPharma Ireland, the Royal Society of Chemistry, ICT Ireland, the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) and The Institute of Physics