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.
The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Subject Group: Business
These subjects teach the skills and knowledge needed to understand how business works.
The new Business studies curriculum aims to stimulate your interest in the business environment and how you interact with it.
It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow you to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to you, ensuring your own, and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as a learner.
The syllabus has three strands:
Personal finance - In this strand, you will learn about managing your finances, responsible consumer behaviour and the value of using resources ethically and efficiently for the benefit of individuals and society.
Enterprise - In this strand, you will learn about being enterprising, the functions of an organisation and the business environment.
Our Economy - In this strand, you will learn about the demand and supply of goods and services, the role of the government in managing the economy, and about economic issues such as trade, employment and Ireland’s membership of the European Union (EU).
How will Business Studies be useful to me?
Business studies encourages you to develop an appreciation of how people's lives are shaped by economic and social factors. You are enabled to make informed decisions, to better manage your personal financial resources and to be adaptable, creative and enterprising.
Business studies also improves knowledge and understanding of good business practice and of business as a productive activity.
Three subjects follow on from Junior Cycle Business Studies at Senior Cycle: Accounting, Business, and Economics.
Each one becomes more specific and allows you to concentrate more on the subject area you choose. If you wish to study any of these subjects for the Leaving Certificate, it would be advantageous for you to have studied Junior Cycle Business Studies.
Note: The Junior Cycle is changing, and new/revised JCSA curricula are being introduced on a phased basis from September 2014. English is first new programme to be introduced, followed by Science, Irish and Business Studies in 2015.
The New Junior Cycle Business Studies specification is available here.