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:

 

Steven Kilgannon

Garda Trainee

An Garda Síochána

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  Steven Kilgannon
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.
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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Jobseekers fall into many categories:

  • You may be entering the world of work for the first time.
  • You may have many years of work experience under your belt.
  • You may be one of thousands of people that have been made redundant or lost their job in the economic downturn, or
  • You may want to change career direction, or be simply be looking for a better job.

These all are reasons that prompt people to look at the labour market for job opportunities. Finding the right job can be a challenging, exciting or even a daunting process, whatever your reason, a range of resources are available to you through CareersPortal.ie, that are designed to assist you in making sound, informed decisions about your career.

Note: Use the links on this page to find the resources you need.

Self-assessment exercises: CareersPortal Career File

The Interest Profiler is a really useful assessment exercise. Completing the exercise will highlight what occupations would be most suited to you. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and will generate an eight page career interest report that is unique for you.

How do I complete the Interest Profiler?

To complete your personal Interest Profiler, start by signing up to CareersPortal.ie and creating your on-line career file. This file can then be accessed from any machine anywhere. It will allow you to save up to 10 documents (e.g. CV, Cover Letter etc.) and complete a Personality Assessment in relation to what careers might suit you.

You can also save Occupations of interest to you, details of related PLC and CAO courses that you think you would enjoy and also provides you with access to an array of useful information on study and career skills.

 

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  Hint: Health Service Executive

I have been working as a Midwife for 7 years, for 3 of these I was a Midwifery sister. At the time I was working outside of Ireland and was keen to move back home.

I found my current job advertised on the internet site careersinhealth.ie but had also been looking in the National Press and in professional journals. I applied on line which was easy and convenient for me, and was called for interview.  I was interviewed by senior hospital staff on aspects of my professional experience and my education to date.

Following the interview I was advised I had been successful by a letter a week later. I had to complete a medical and go through the Garda vetting procedure prior to taking up my position.


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