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Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.
I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!
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Louise Mc Donald, Private (Line)
Louise comes from a military background and always felt she would like to join the army. She completed her Leaving Cert before joining, and has completed several additional courses as part of her training.
I always knew I wanted to join the army as a recruit. Therfore my subjects in school did not influence my career. However I completed my Leaving Cert as it is important to have in case things did not go to plan. I also focused a lot on sports, I played Ladies gaelic for my local G.A.A and camogie. I had to keep a standard of fitness as that is one of the main requirements for the army.
I joined the Army with my Leaving Cert. Since I have been in the Army I have completed a First Aid course, computer appreciation course, signals course, crowd riot control and different weapon courses. The signals course is eight weeks long. I learned radio communications, codes, phonetic alphabet and radio discipline. This course is very important as everywhere the Army goes they have to keep communication open at all times with headquarters while keeping secure.
Irish gave me a head start in recruit training as it helped me with the words of command.
The Army encourages continual development and advancement in training. I intend on doing an NCO's course, advanced weapon training and more computer courses. There are plenty of courses that I intend on doing but most of all I plan for promotion.