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 Sinead O'Hara from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Sinead O'Hara

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First, I would say that the person should give some thought to what Department they may be assigned to. If, for example, one has a particular interest in environmental issues, then obviously this Department is ideal for them.

The Departments in the Civil Service cover so many aspects of life, and economic and social activity that I think there is choice for everyone. I would also encourage people to think about why they are considering the job - do they see long-term career prospects in it, or maybe they see it as a means to make a contribution.

At the end of the day, service to the public is what a career in the Civil Service is about.

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DN550
Social Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The Bachelor of Social Science degree is for those who want to work in a people-focussed job, but still wish to explore a possible number of career paths. Students will be develop skills in critical thinking, and communication while learning about the complexity our society and how best to respond to human needs especially those of the marginalised.

In first year students take core modules in Social Policy (DN550) and Sociology (DN500) along with options in Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Information and Social Computing, Philosophy, Politics and Psychology.

At the beginning of second year students specialise and choose one of eight pathways: Development Studies; Human and Organisational, Social Work; Crime and Social Order; Social Media; Ancient and Modern Societies; Environment, Rights, Justice and Society.


 
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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
ELAXX  5M3114  General Studies
EASXX  5M2181  Applied Social Studies

Essential Module Requirements:

DCHSX/5M4468
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20031 or 5N1370

and 3 of the following 6 modules:
G20022 or 5N1837
E20008 or 5N1298
E20169 or 5N0765
B20004 or 5N1351
D20032 or 5N1279
B20132 or 5N1394

ELAXX/5M3114/EASSX/5M2181
5 modules at Distinction Grade. The qualification must include distinctions in:
G20031 or 5N1370

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Students can choose to take an additional year abroad in an International partner university and qualify with a Bachelor of Social Science [International] degree.

Because of the variety of paths that students can choose graduates find employment in a number of different fields including:

- Social Work, Counselling and Community Work
- Urban Planning, Housing Policy and Development Work abroad
- Irish and International NGOs
- Agencies of the EU and UN
- Irish Aid Programme
- Human Resource Management
- Business, Marketing, Industrial relations
- Crime Prevention


DN550 students who take a Master's in Information and Library Studies modules obtain an entry-level qualification in Information and Library Science that is recognised by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI).



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