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.


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.
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Ublox Expansion Creating Jobs for Cork

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Ublox Expansion Creating Jobs for Cork

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 

Ublox Expansion Creating Jobs for Cork

Internet of Things company U-blox is going through a period of expansion, moving to a larger facility in Cork and looking to grow its staff.

According to Jim Connelly, design set-up manager at U-blox in Cork, the company are seeking design engineers who are “bright, friendly, outgoing people, who work well in teams and want to work at the cutting edge of technology”.

These candidates – who, ideally, would have a minimum of two to three years’ post-graduate experience – would be joining a team with diverse backgrounds, working on cellular and Wi-Fi transceiver design.

There are perks to working at U-blox, from a flexible working style to a family-friendly ethos, which offers paid paternal leave, and healthcare for employees and their families. The company would be an ideal fit for someone looking for an exciting experience with a start-up vibe, says Connelly.

For more information on current job vacancies with U-blox click here


The CareersPortal Team