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 Margaret Donaghue from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Margaret Donaghue

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  Margaret Donaghue
Learn as much as you can in any situation that presents itself. Never be afraid to try something even if it scares you to do so. And give it all you have. Be a good listener and a good communicator and be fair.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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A range of government employment schemes are available for unemployed people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment. Certain schemes are also open to those who are not in receipt of a payment (e.g. Work Placement Programme). The aim of these initiatives is to encourage jobseekers to engage in employment opportunities. 

Skills to Work is a new Irish Government jobs campaign, aimed at making it easier for jobseekers and employers to understand what Government initiatives are available to them.

If you are interested in training or upskilling, you can complete a quick and easy questionnaire to find out which of five Government initiatives - Springboard, Momentum, JobBridge, JobsPlus and Skillnets best suits you.

To start the skills to work questionnaire: click here

Follow the links on this page for details of employment programmes.

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