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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Contact Name:
Alan Kelly
Address:
Public Appointments Service
Chapter House
26 - 30 Abbey St Upper,
Dublin 1
Email:
info@publicjobs.ie
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www.publicjobs.ie
Phone:
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

Or

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 www.publicjobs.ie


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 www.publicjobs.ie


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 www.publicjobs.ie 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 www.publicjobs.ie  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 http://www.publicjobs.ie .








 

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