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Last Wednesday 57,149 students who sat their Leaving Cert back in June received their results. Exams are important, however they're only one stage of the much longer experience of
developing your career. Naturally, receiving your Leaving Cert results can make you go through a roller-coaster of emotions including
apprehension and a feeling of uncertainty about what steps you should take next, particularly the CAO application process. Laying out a plan and looking over the different options you have can help determine the best course of action for achieving a fulfilling career. There are more opportunities than ever before to further your education whether you choose third level, post leaving certificate courses, or the apprenticeship and traineeship routes.

Whether you decide to go to college or to head straight into the workforce, make sure you choose a career by calculating what are your interests, values and skills. Determine if a job is right for you by focusing more on what you want in terms of job satisfaction. You shouldn't let your work experience or qualification (or lack of) to define your career path.

If you are looking for an exciting, challenging and a rewarding career, then the Civil and Public Service might be the right option for you! The Public Appointment Service (PAS) provides recruitment services for the Civil and Public Service. We also recruit for An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive (HSE), Local Government and other public bodies. Even though there are certain positions that require the skills affiliated with certain degrees, there is still a broad range of jobs available for individuals from a variety of different backgrounds across the Public Service for school leavers including Clerical Officer and Executive Officer positions. Check out our Second Level information section to find out more about the Public Service!

The Public Service consists of public officials who advise and assist Government ministers in the running of their Departments and have three main functions:

  • Advise the Government on policy
  • Help prepare and draft new legislation
  • Help the Government to run the country according to the legislation passed by the Oireachtas

When considering a candidate, the Public Service looks for competencies within categories such as interpersonal and communication skills, team work, drive and commitment, analysis and decision making and delivering results. The Public Service wants candidates who can think quickly, assimilate into a working environment, and to handle a diverse range of tasks.

A major aspect of the Public Appointment Service (PAS) competitions and intakes is the variety of the people we often attract, which results in a diverse range of qualifications, experiences and perspectives that candidates provide when they join the Public Service.

Mobility is very important in the career path of a Public Servant. Opportunities often arise within and across Departments and Offices, enabling people to create new experiences, skills and to develop their career.

The Civil and Public service not only provides exciting jobs on offer, there is also various benefits to working within the civil service. These benefits include

  • Flexible Working Arrangements: The Public Service is known for providing flexible working arrangements. Our employees have flexi-time which lets them start their day between 8am - 10am in the morning and finish between 4pm - 7pm. Yes, you read that correctly - you don’t have to work 9 to 5!
  • Dynamic Work Environment: We offer a dynamic work environment where you can engage in meaningful and interesting work right from the get go. Not only that, you’ll get the chance to carry out work which makes a real difference to the general public.
  • Learning and Development: The Civil Service provides the ability to advance your personal skills through various roles, and to have the opportunity to up-skill and develop yourself professionally with high-quality training programmes, mentoring and support systems, internal training initiative, and many more.
  • Diversity: The Public Appointments Service is an equal opportunity employer. They recruit the best and brightest candidates regardless of their background. We do not discriminate based on gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, race, or membership of the Traveller Community.