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 Steven Kilgannon from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:
Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals.
What are your interests?
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.
Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
Plan and install aerials, satellite and digital dishes to provide signals for individual homes, or buildings such as hotels and flats
18k > k
Researches, designs, develops, or tests various automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems controls.
k > k
Engaged in the design, development and implementation of sensor and robotic systems for applications the technology sector.
35k > 80k
Engineering Production Manager
Responsible for the day to day tasks involved in keeping an engineering production process working safely and efficiently.
38k > 80k
Installs and maintains telecommunication lines, networks and equipment.
20k > 50k
QC (Quality Control / Assurance) Analyst
Checks and tests materials and finished goods towards ensuring that they meet production standards.
26k > 55k
Works on ways of producing energy from renewable or sustainable sources such as wind power, solar power or biofuels, or on more traditional sources such as oil and gas.
23k > 43k
Works on the different types of technology that enable us to communicate over distance, including satellite and cable systems, mobile phones, radio waves, the Internet and electronic mail. Also known as a Network Architect.
48k > 75k
Electrical Power Plant Operator
Safely and efficiently operates the equipment and machinery in a power plant.
k > k
Electrical Control Engineer
Control engineers research, design, develop and manage the equipment used to monitor and control a wide range of systems and machinery.