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

Higher Executive Officer

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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 10th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 10th

Friday, April 10, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up April 10th

This week saw just two jobs announcements, however we have highlighted some companies which are currently recruiting for apprentices and graduates. Click on the links below for full details.

Now Recruiting …

  • Coillte are Recruiting Forestry Graduates - The Coillte Graduate Development Programme is offering talented individuals who have drive, energy and ambition an opportunity to be part of the future of Coillte with a three year placement.
  • Gas Networks Ireland Apprenticeship Programme NOW OPEN - Gas Networks Ireland, in conjunction with SOLAS has launched its first apprenticeship programme in 30 years. The company said more than 50 opportunities will be created in apprenticeship and graduate programmes between now and 2017.

Jobs Coming on Stream …

  • 75 New Jobs for Dublin with IFDS - International Financial Data Services (IFDS) has announced the creation of 75 new jobs for Dublin to be filled throughout 2015.
  • You can also explore the full list of current job vacancies on the government’s job portal JobsIreland. There have been over 28,000 jobs advertised since the start of the year.


Stonecutting and Stonemasonry Apprenticeship Launched in Kerry - A new apprenticeship programme, which will see apprentices work to preserve iconic heritage sites in Ireland has been officially launched in Kerry ETB Training Centre, Tralee, Co Kerry.

Hub Strategy to bring New Jobs to County Wexford - Plans are afoot to recreate the commercial identities of the four main towns in County Wexford which will create new jobs.

Are you a Jobseeker?

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Useful Statistics ...

1,600 New positions advertised this week 30th March – 5th April

28,116 New positions advertised since the start of 2015

  • 1.93m people currently at work (Q3 2014)
  • 1.5% increase in employment over last 12 months (Q3 2014)
  • 10% is the current unemployment rate (Apr 2015) down from 15.1% (Feb 2012)
  • 5.7% is the long term unemployment rate (Q3 2014), down from 8.1% (Q2 2013)
  • 213,600 people unemployed (Q4 2014), down from 300,700 (Q2 2013)

(Source: from #AllAboutJobs)

Career Planning …

Facebook drive behind huge wave of applications to Navy – A staggering 1,225 people applied for just 80 navy recruit places which closed for application last month.


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This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. Click here for full details.



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