"I am currently waiting for the next intake class after passing all stages with an OOM in the 50s. I don't know how I would have fared without the help of Career Services. They gave a clear direction and strategy for doing well in the various stages. The course instructors were brilliant and helped with feedback and advice long after the courses were over. The work put in on your own time is massively important but with the direction of Career Services, you know what to aim at and how to hit it every time. I couldn't recommend the course and people involved more highly"
Gary Twamley, Co. Dublin (2017)
"I did a Garda stage 1, 2 and 3 preparation course last year with ye, I started my training last week in Templemore and can honestly say I wouldn't be there if not for the preparation courses, the best money I ever spent thanks again"
Eric O'Herlihy, Co. Cork (2017)
"I found the Career Services Garda preparation course excellent. At first I was nervous and didn't know what to expect. Paddy, the course lecturer was top class in the way he broke things down and simplified it. Everything was explained in a thorough and comprehensive manner. He wasn't afraid to take on questions and answer them, going through anything you may ask slowly. I'd recommend career services to anyone who is a little unsure as to what to expect in the up coming Garda recruitment stage"
Kieran Langan, Co. Mayo (2017)
“I found career services very helpful and only for your preparation courses I would not have made it through. Career Service’s staff were very helpful and very approachable. Roisin who works in the Career Services office was extremely helpful and was always there on the other side of the phone for support and guidance”
Alan Sheridan, Co. Monaghan (2017)
"Currently I’m on the last stage. Just the fitness test to do and I wanted to thank you guys. This is my first time going for the guards. And if it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t have made it this far. Thank you for everything"
Daragh Cullen, Co. Dublin (2017)
“Hi, I found the course very helpful and worthwhile, it was worth every penny. I passed my Interview with no issue. The course was great help to prepare for the interview, I felt so confident going in, I’m currently waiting on my intake date. Thanks for the help”
Aaron West, Co. Roscommon (2017)
"Found Career Services a huge benefit. I found being in a small group rather than 1 on 1 coaching is far more beneficial to me. Other people asked the questions that I wouldn’t have, and I benefitted hugely from it. I definitely would not have passed my interview if I didn’t attend the career services day. I received a huge confidence boost and had very little nerves before the interview"
Shaun Harrison, Co. Roscommon (2017)
Attending the Career Services course allowed me to feel confident going in to the interview. The attention to detail to each possible question was excellent. In a class of about twenty, you still got the one on one feeling that allowed you to build your points and elaborate more. I would highly recommend Career Services preparation courses for the future.
Jamie Madden, Co. Westmeath (2017)
"This course gave me a great preparation for the interview and I passed it with flying colours, I am now waiting to be called for the fitness test, I would recommend this course to anyone with an interview coming up"
Jason Doherty, Co. Mayo (2017)
"Just wanted to send a brief note thanking you and all the team from career services. I've passed all stages and I'm waiting for a start date (hopefully September). I can easily say there's not a chance I would be here had I not done Stage 1, 2 in particular. In 2013 I bombed out first round!! The online site, which I used literally every day was an invaluable source for preparation. The interview course gave me great confidence going in to my own interview. Thank You, best money I've ever spent!"
Patrick Ryan, Co. Wexford (2016)
I attended the Career Services Stage 1 and 2 preparation courses for the role of a Garda Trainee at the start of 2016. I am e-mailing to thank you so much for the help I received at the day course and for the practice tests, the guide I received to take home and also the online tests. Thankfully I came in the top 200 in both stage 1 and 2. Since then I have passed all the stages and I am starting my training in Templemore on the 12th of September 2016. I would like to give a special word of thanks to Patrick Nealon who was the instructor I had for both stages. Patrick was brilliant, very easy to talk to and very very good at his job. Any queries I had in class or by e-mail were swiftly answered by Patrick. Even though the days were long, Patrick made it seem as if they were only a couple of hours. The classes were very enjoyable and interesting. Thanks again.
Sean Purcell, Co. Dublin (2016)
“I’m now based in Castlebar working away and I’m loving the job. Looking back on what I did with Careers Services I found all of it very helpful for the different stages. The initial aptitude tests were covered very comprehensively and some very valuable pointers were given by Career Services to help in getting the highest marks. The interview preparation was excellent and having gone through the process I can say that Career Services had all angles covered. I’d recommend Career Services to anyone seriously thinking of going through the recruitment process for the Gardai. A special mention for the tutors Eddie and Patrick who were always only a phone call away to offer any advice at any stage of the process. They offer a very personal service.”
Garda Eoin O’Malley (2015)
“I found Careers Services’ step by step approach to be incredibility helpful and it put me at ease knowing that I had been given the tools to be ready for each stage. Definitely well worth doing these courses. I have used Career Services for each step of the recruitment stages and honestly, everything they covered and everything I learned came up in the exams. I passed each stage with the help of Career Services. The courses were informative and helpful. The staff are very knowledgeable in their field and I would strongly recommend them to anyone pursuing a career with the Gardai. Thank you for all your help" :-D
John N (2015)
“I wasn’t too sure about doing the course at first, I thought I’d be fine and able to get through on my own. However, I couldn’t have been more glad that I did the course! They explained exactly what would be needed of me on the day, individually helped with the competencies as to make sure you had the best possible ones for each. It was a calm & relaxed course where I felt I was gaining something every minute I was there. I couldn’t encourage enough to do it, with competition so tough for the Garda recruitment, I feel the Career Services course is a must do if you’re serious about getting through”
Garda Trainee Stephen Griffin (2015)
“I’m currently in the midst of stage 5 so I honestly can’t thank you and your organization enough. The help I got was without a doubt invaluable.”
Stephen O’Mahony (2015)
”I previously availed of the career services aptitude assessment preparation course and the interview preparation course for the last Garda recruitment campaign. I found material covered in these courses were of great benefit to me in my application, I got to see first hand what type of questions to expect in the assessments and the interview and more importantly how to best answer them so as to stand out from other candidates. The course also covers doing a trial assessment and interview so as to best prepare you for performing under pressure. After undertaking the course I felt much more confident in my approach to the recruitment campaign and as a result I was successful in getting my training position in templemore. Overall I would highly recommend any future applicants availing of career services to be best prepared for the competitive recruitment campaign! I found it a great help! I am currently in my 18th week of training and passing out of the college on the 10th of March!”
Garda Trainee John Lynch (2015)
“I took part in two separate prep courses earlier this year, I participated in one course to assist with the aptitude tests and one to help with the interview, I am now a trainee Garda in the Garda training college in Templemore and without a doubt I would not be here without your help, many thanks.”
Garda Trainee Shane Lyons (2015)
”I am now a student Garda and only for the help of the tutors in Career Services I would have gone to the table with the completely wrong approach to the selection assessments and interview.”
Garda Trainee Paul (2015)
“The Interview material was probably the best one for me as we received fantastic help and the instructors went through each of our examples for each competency, how it could be altered or how we could maybe use a more favorable example. The material received for stage 4 again was full of detail and very helpful”
Garda Trainee Sharon (2015)
“I managed to pass all 3 of the stages I used the assistance of Career Services for all of them and I can’t thank them enough. For anyone who is serious about applying for the Gardaí, I would definitely recommend partaking in these courses as the value for money is fantastic.”
Garda Trainee Noel M (2015)
”Remember that it is a small price to pay for the professional help you receive. I have since talked to prospective candidates going forward for the test and interview who were not prepared. From talking to these candidates I was convinced I was far more prepared than they were, and that’s where it counts. I passed.”
Garda Trainee Aisling (2015)
“After having been placed in band 2 of stage 1 of the Garda recruitment in 2013 I was called back to compete at stage 2 in August 2015. I had seen various ads from Career Services and decided to try out the course to assist me with that stage. It was a morning spent with one of the instructors going over the material and getting us familiar with each and every aspect of the stage. The information, knowledge and practice material we received was outstanding and I know I wouldn’t have done nearly as well without their help.”
Ryan T (2015)
“I can say with confidence that the classes I did at Career Services are the reason I got into the guards during the toughest recruitment campaign in the organisations history. Can’t recommend it enough.”
Garda Ian Hourigan (2015)
”I just want to say that to this day I still give people your name for the courses you provide when they are enquiring at the station about entry to the Gardai. I can honestly say that without your course I would never have passed, especially the aptitude test. The analytical alone would have had me running out of the test centre without even attempting it. But fortunately you explained it all so well in the course that I didn’t have a problem with it. I do know that I would not be here in the station now writing this had I not done your course.”
Garda (stationed in Dungarvan)
”Without your course I had no idea what to expect as the information from the Public Appointments Service was inadequate. I sign off only to say many thanks and best wishes to all future applicants in your guidance. I would recommend your course to anyone who is seriously thinking about a career in An Garda Siochana.”
Garda Trainee John (2015)
“I attended an Interview preparation course with Career Services in 2015 and I found the course essential for my progression through the recruitment stages. I am certain that I would have failed the interview stage had it not been for Career Services. I would recommend them as they are patient, professional and will ensure you are 100% ready before the course ends.”
Garda Trainee Razvan G (2015)