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

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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.


Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015 


If you’re interested in changing the world of online travel we want to hear from you - says the Ryanair Labs recruitment website.

Our hiring process is simple, we usually do two interviews before making an offer and we don’t string people along for months or send them to assessment centres to be poked and prodded. We trust you to convince us that you’ve got what it takes.

Ryanair is still recruiting for its state-of-the-art digital and IT innovation hub which is based at its Dublin Office Campus in Swords.

In 2014 Ryanair announced the recruitment of 200 new staff to develop “a world class online travel platform”.

The company set out to embrace the internet, a step which saw the replacement of their old “1990s-style” website last year with a new up-to date online experience. 

The search continues for the ideal candidates. Current vacancies with Ryanair Labs include:

  • Software development
  • UX and Design
  • Data
  • QA and Testing
  • Media and Marketing

Full details from RYANAIR LABS are available here

The CareersPortal Team