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 Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kieran Magee

Farm Manager - Dry Stock



  Kieran Magee
Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.

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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Contact details:
Contact Name:
Alan Kelly
Public Appointments Service
Chapter House
26 - 30 Abbey St Upper,
Dublin 1
353 1 8587400

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Career opportunities for school leavers.

During times of Civil Service recruitment, you may go straight into the Civil Service after you leave school as either a Clerical Officer or Executive Officer provided that you have passed the recruitment process through an open campaign and possess the relevant qualifications.

You will need a good general standard of education (e.g. Junior Cert, Leaving Cert Applied, etc.) and a customer focused attitude to enter as a Clerical Officer and you will need a successful Leaving Certificate (or equivalent examination) in Maths and Irish or English with a minimum of grade C in five Honours subjects to enter as an Executive Officer.

You may avail of a scheme that supports employees to study part-time, by refunding fees for courses seen as relevant to the job, and giving exam and study leave giving you the opportunity to continue your education while you work.
If you decide to enter into third level education and do not possess five honours in your Leaving Certificate you may apply for the position of the Executive Officer through an open competition provided you have:

1) Recognised degree


2) Successful Leaving Certificate (or equivalent examination) result in Maths and Irish and/or English and one of the following:

  • Have passed the 1st year examinations of a course leading to a recognised degree
  • A certificate/diploma or other qualification obtained following a NCEA recognised course that lasted at least two years
  • Professional Examination 1, or equivalent of a recognised accountancy body

During times of Civil Service recruitment, the Public Appointments Service also recruits for an Garda Siochana, the Fire Brigade and a number of other public services which you may apply to once you have satisfied the necessary requirements.

To apply for any of the above positions or to register your interest log on to

Career opportunities for college graduates.

During times of Civil Service recruitment holders of a first class or second class honours degree may apply for the following graduate positions:

The Administrative role is the level above Executive Officer. Administrative Officers play a crucial role in policy formulation (through critical analysis, research and policy drafting) for a wide range of governmental areas. Administrative Officers can also be involved in drafting briefing materials for Ministers. This role is an excellent opportunity for honours graduates to begin working in the Public Service.

Another attractive position for graduates is the Third Secretary/Junior Diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs, the recruitment grade for the Irish diplomatic service.  Third Secretaries initially work in the Department of Foreign Affairs before travelling to an Irish embassy or consulate where they will work for a number of years. There are many different projects and areas of work within Foreign Affairs, from dealing with Irish tourists' issues abroad to acting as an Irish Representative in various formal functions.

Numerous professional and specialist roles exist within the Public Service for both graduates and non-graduates.

These include:

  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Accountants/Auditors
  • Medical Consultants
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing Staff
  • Legal Staff – Solicitors, Barristers, Law Clerks
    Paramedical Staff – Dental Surgeons, Environmental Health Officers, Pharmacists,
    Community Welfare Officers
  • Scientists 

The Public Appointments Service also recruits for an Garda Siochana, the Fire Brigade and a number of other public services which you may apply to once you have satisfied the necessary requirements (and during times of public service recruitment).

To apply for any of the above positions or to register your interest log on to

Career opportunities for experienced adults.

During times of Civil Service recruitment, oppportunities may exist for entry at Higher Executive Officer level (Middle Management) and also at Senior Management level depending on knowledge, skills and experience. Such positions would be advertised on our website and in some cases in newspapers and /or magazines/periodicals.

Career opportunities for adults wishing to return to work, or older workers.

Older workers are welcome in the public service. There is normally no upper age-limit.  Vacancies are advertised on the Public Appointments Service website  and in some cases in newspapers and /or magazines/periodicals.

The skills/qualities/experience required varies depending on the positions involved. Applicants should clearly have a commitment to the public service and  be a person of good character.

Opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience.

A Temporary Clerical Officer (TCO) contract will allow you to experience the diferent roles and requirements of working in a public service department or office. You will be employed on a temporary contract basis for a period of 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 13 weeks to cover staff on Shorter Working Year leave during the summer months.

The TCO program is an excellent way to experience life in the public service and many public servants decided on a career in the sector after experiencing a summer as a TCO. For more information about our TCO program, visit .


Prison Officer
Paul Harding
"I must remain alert and ready to deal with any situation as and when they arise"
Paul Harding
Clerical Officer
Damien Dollard
"Attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people with different needs are very important in my job"
Damien Dollard
Higher Executive Officer
Sinead O'Hara
"I have both the possibility to work closely with a team, as well as the opportunity to work on, and have an input into the formulation of new policy"
Sinead O'Hara
Prison Officer
Margaret Donaghue
"tasks range from working on a landing, in the school, gym, waiting room, escort duty to hospital or court etc"
Margaret Donaghue
Industrial Relations Officer
Paul Shortt
"The job requires someone who is able to work under pressure, is comfortable with public speaking, is confident, assertive and decisive"
Paul Shortt
Third Secretary
Nora Barry
"An enthusiastic approach to my daily tasks and a desire to learn ensures I make the most of every experience"
Nora Barry
Ray Harli
"Everyday is an education, you constantly have to educate and re-educate yourself!"
Ray Harli
Occupational Psychologist
Aoife Lyons
"I am employed to bring the principles of psychology into the recruitment and selection service that the Public Appointments Service offers"
Aoife Lyons