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 Gail Smith from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Gail Smith

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Obtain the minimum requirements in the Leaving Cert. You must also have a clean criminal record. If you are successful in joining, you have to be willing to listen and learn from your instructors who have years of experience.

Being a Garda is a serious job; one where you are tasked every day with the preservation of life and property. This can be dangerous at times, and it is never as glamorous as the television shows where there is always a satisfactory outcome. Sometimes Gardaí get hurt.

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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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