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 Nora Barry from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Nora Barry

Third Secretary

Civil and Public Service Jobs

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  Nora Barry
A keen interest in current affairs, a willingness to travel and an acceptance that this role is a lifestyle choice are all necessary. I believe having lived abroad for a period of time and experiencing different cultures are also an advantage.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Upskilling Programmes

The Irish government recognises the importance of education for both individuals and society. They have produced a number of initiatives along with financial supports to encourage citizens to continue their learning. So if you are unemployed, or simply want to further your education, there is likely to be a government scheme that will help you financially to do a course that you may want.

To search for SOLAS courses and training programmes click here

To view current Springboard courses click here.

To search for Momentum Projects click here

To search FIT courses click here

To check details of available Skillnets training click here

To search their training programmes click here

Search for Youthreach Courses

As most of these initiatives are designed to assist unemployed people improve their skills and increase their chance of gaining employment, we have more information on these programmes in our Job Seekers area.

Click here to go to Upskilling Programmes

Need advice on what to do?

With so many possible courses, and a variety of different financial supports available, many people choose to discuss their options with a local careers advisor. Government based services provide free consultations and are available nationwide.

Click here to go to Adult Guidance Supports