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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Civil and Public Service Jobs

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  Sinead O'Hara

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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

Art & Business

Code:  6M4029
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Advertising Art Director   Packaging Designer  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Potter / Ceramicist  
Photographer   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Interior Architect / Designer   Artist  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Industrial Designer   Illustrator  
Screen Printer   Typographer  
Digital Media Designer   Arts Administrator  
Graphic Designer   CAD Technician  
Camera Operator   Dressmaker  
Architect - Conservation   Fashion Designer  
Film/Video Tape Editor   Creative Director  
Architect   Animator  
Cabinet Maker   Bookbinder (Craft)  
Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery   Musical Instrument Technician  
Textile Machinery Technician   Modelmaker  
Printer   Draughtsperson  
Glassmaker   Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith  
Instrument Craftsperson   Teacher - Art and Design   
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Carpenter / Joiner  
Health & Safety Officer   Business Analyst  
Accounts Team Leader   Chartered Secretary  
Data Steward / Data Manager   Data Protection Officer  
Business Consultant   Arts agent/promoter  
Manager - General   Management Associate  
Company Secretary   Financial Trader  
Business Adviser   Managing Director  
Financial Adviser   Operations Research Analyst  
Theatre/Television Designer   Production Designer - TV/Film  
Cartoonist   Designer/maker  
Horologist   Mechanical Engineering Draughtsperson  
Engineer - Transport Design    

Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Art, Craft & Design
Business Organisation & Business Management
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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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