Second Level Students

Are you looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career?

Then look no further than the Civil Service and Public Service!

Chances are you’ve heard of us because your parents told you that the Civil Service is a "safe job”... and now you’re wondering who on earth we are, right?

The words ‘Civil Service’ often conjures up an image of grey, stuffy offices and the word ‘pension’ – none of which sound particularly exciting. But that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Did you know that we actually offer so much more than just a “safe job”? In fact, we offer interesting, challenging, and rewarding jobs too!

Still interested? Great! Continue reading to find out more about the roles and opportunities available to you in the Civil Service.


What is the Civil Service?

Not a lot of people understand who we are, so don’t worry you’re not alone on that one! So, let’s settle this once and for all...

The Civil Service is a diverse public body, made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, all working together to achieve the common goal of serving the people of Ireland. We are 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

But that’s not all we do, there’s a lot more that goes on behind the scenes as demonstrated by the variety of roles we have on offer. We’re certain you’ll find one that suits you.



Why should I work for you?

Not only do we have exciting jobs on offer, there are also great benefits to working in the Civil Service too! Check out some of these benefits below:

  • Flexible Working Arrangements: We offer employees a great work life balance and the opportunity to plan their work day around their personal schedule. What does this mean? 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: We also have great opportunities for learning and developing within the Civil Service. You can avail of a wide range of learning and development initiatives, which allow you to up skill and further develop your Civil Service career.
  • Diversity: We look to 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.

What jobs do you have?

We have a variety of roles on offer for school leavers, Leaving Certificate holders, college graduates and professionals with different levels of experience and interests. These range from roles such as Clerical Officer, Executive Officer, an Engineer or you could even work as a Vet! 

You can find out more about the career sectors we recruit for here


Got a Question?

Check out our top FAQs here:

1. Who are the Public Appointments Service?

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is a government organisation that provides recruitment services for the Civil and Public Service. We also recruit for the An Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive (HSE), Local Government and other public bodies.  

2. What is Publicjobs.ie then?

We understand it can get a bit confusing at times! So basically Publicjobs.ie is the website for the Public Appointments Service. It’s where we advertise all of our Civil and Public Service jobs and it’s the main access route for people interested in joining the public service.

3. What kind of jobs do you have?

We have a huge variety of roles on offer for school leavers, Leaving Certificate holders and college graduates with different levels of experience and interests. We’re sure you’ll find something that’s right for you! Check out our Information Hub to find out more information.

4. Do you have part-time jobs?

The majority of our positions are full time; however, we do recruit occasionally for part-time roles as well. The Civil Service is renowned for providing flexible working arrangements. 

5. Are all of your jobs boring office jobs?

Another day, another myth... you’d probably enjoy our myth buster page. But back to your question... no, not all of our jobs are office based and they’re definitely not boring! Where’s the fun in that? In fact, you could work at anything from an engineer to even a vet!  

6. I don't know if I want to go to college yet. Do I need a degree to apply for a job?

No, absolutely not. We have a wide range of opportunities available for school leavers, graduates and professionals. 

You could expect to advance your personal skills in a wide range of ways, and have the opportunity to up-skill and develop yourself professionally through high-quality training programmes, mentoring and support systems, internal training initiatives, and many more.

7. I have a disability. Can I still apply?

Yes. The Public Appointments Service is an equal opportunities employer which means we do not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability or age. We are committed to recruiting people from a range of different backgrounds and we actively support those with additional requirements both during selection and in ensuring a smooth transition into the public service workforce. 

If you'd like to discuss any aspect of an application or a process you're involved in, please contact our Disability Champion: Disability Champion, Amanda Kavanagh - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (01) 8587655.

8. I’ve never done an interview! What’s the interview process like?

We’re quite unique in our recruitment process and it sometimes takes a bit longer than the average company. But trust us when we say it’s well worth the wait! It typically involves aptitude tests and face-to-face interviews. You can find out more about the finer details of our recruitment process here or check out our Campaign Updates.

9. I'm a transition year student. Do you do work experience?

We're delighted you're interested in doing work experience with us! We don't have a centralised scheme in place for transition year work experience; however, a lot of departments take on students from time to time. If you are interested, it'd be a good idea to contact a department near you that you'd like to gain experience in. 

10. Have a question we didn't answer?

You can send us a message on social media, or fill in our contact form.

11. Are you on social media?

Yes, of course! You can find us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn