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 Tom Tooher from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Tom Tooher

Lieutenant - Army

Defence Forces

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Look up the Defence Forces website at www.military.ie and talk to serving personnel. If its possible try to visit a barracks.

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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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McDonald's were advertising franchising opportunities on their tray liners, so I called them and asked for the relevant forms which I filled out and sent back. I was interviewed and offered a one week 'on the job experience' to see if, after that, I would like to continue with my application. It also gave McDonald's the opportunity to see if I'd be a good fit for them.

I completed the week and was requested to write a detailed description of my experiences. I was then interviewed with my partner by a panel of McDonald's senior managers and we were told on the same day that I had been accepted on the Registered Applicants program.

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