For entry into the Civil Service at Clerical level you need a general standard of education and a customer focused attitude.
To apply for the position of Executive Officer you need to meet one of the following criteria:
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
3) Successful Leaving Certificate (or equivalent examination) in Maths and Irish or English with a minimum of grade C in five Honours subjects.
For the Administrative Officer and Third Secretary positions applicants will need a first or second class honours degree to apply.
For other positions advertised on www.publicjobs.ie please review the requirements to see what qualifications apply.
What are the typical routes into this sector?
During periods of Civil Service recruitment, and depending on the positions involved, candidates may enter directly from school or following third level qualifications at colleges. Normally applicants may be of any age provided they are suitable in all relevant respects and would accordingly have varied experience. There is no limitation on the type of course acceptable except in the case of professional and technical positions where an appropriate qualifications/experience are required.
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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."
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."
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."
Ray Harli "Everyday is an education, you constantly have to educate and re-educate yourself!"
Margaret Donaghue "tasks range from working on a landing, in the school, gym, waiting room, escort duty to hospital or court etc"
Psychologist - Occupational
Aoife Lyons "I am employed to bring the principles of psychology into the recruitment and selection service that the Public Appointments Service offers"
Nora Barry "An enthusiastic approach to my daily tasks and a desire to learn ensures I make the most of every experience"
Paul Harding "I must remain alert and ready to deal with any situation as and when they arise"