WHAT IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR?

The public sector is HUGE which can sometimes feel a little complicated to understand. Some careers and job types are exclusive to just the public sector or just the private sector, however there are many job opportunities that exist across both sectors. The public sector provides public services to Irish Citizens. The public sector is made up of...


THE GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND

is made up of 18 departments including Education, Health, Housing, Transport, Environment, Justice and many more.

THE CIVIL SERVICE

supports the government of the day to develop and implement its policies whilst being politically impartial.

THE PUBLIC SERVICE

includes State agencies such as HSE, An Garda Síochána and RTÉ as well as Local Authorities (City or County Councils).


HOW IS THE PUBLIC SECTOR RELEVANT TO MY CAREER PATH?

1. Options for school leavers

For school leavers who are aged 17 or over, entry to the civil service is typically at the Temporary Clerical Officer and Clerical Officer level. These roles involve providing administrative support within a government department and can vary depending on the employing organisation (e.g. Department of Transport, Department of Justice, etc.). The role typically involves clerical work such as filing, email management, reception desk duties project work and there is an emphasis on working as part of a team.

2. Options for college graduates

Entry to the Civil Service for college graduates is typically at the Executive Officer and Administrative Officer levels. Graduate opportunities within the Civil and Public Service are designed to inspire, challenge and support the next generation of Civil and Public Service leaders. As a Graduate, you will have the opportunity to work on projects that will aid the social and economic development of Ireland. If you enjoy challenging work and are committed to the concept of public service, a graduate position could be the ideal role for you.

3. Training and Development

Depending on the role and department, you could expect to advance your skills in a wide range of different ways, and you could 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 – all to make sure you have the skills and knowledge required to succeed in a fast-paced and results-oriented role in the Public Service.


CAREER PATHS AND ROLES

  • MEET JULIANA

    MEET JULIANA
    HEALTH & SAFETY

    Juliana started as a Temporary Clerical Officer (TCO) in Health & Safety with the Department of Social Protection and has since become a full time Clerical Officer.





  • MEET JACOB

    MEET JACOB
    COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

    Jacob started a Communications Officer (Executive Officer level) in the Department of the Taoiseach. He has since been promoted to Press Officer.





  • MEET VICTORIA

    MEET VICTORIA
    ECONOMIST

    Victoria has a Masters in Economic and Business Development and works as an Economist at Administrative Officer level in the Department of Education.





  • MEET ALLAYNE

    MEET ALLAYNE
    ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    Allayne is an AO in the Child Care Performance and Social Work Unit of the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.





  • MEET IMED

    MEET IMED
    DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE

    Imed joined Enterprise Ireland as an Overseas Marketing Executive and is now a Regional Business Development Executive with IDA Ireland.





  • MEET KATRINA

    MEET KATRINA
    DEPUTY CONSUL GENERAL

    Katrina is Deputy Consul General of Ireland in Hong Kong and Macao (3rd Secretary level) with the Department of Foreign Affairs.





  • MEET ADEOLA

    MEET ADEOLA
    HUMAN RESOURCES

    Adeola has a Master’s in Human Resources and is an Administrative Officer in the Human Resources division of the Department of Justice.





  • MEET ALAN

    MEET ALAN
    DOG HANDLER

    Alan joined Revenue as a Clerical Officer and applied for the role of Dog Handler in Customs. He has since been promoted to Executive Officer.





  • MEET NIAMH

    MEET NIAMH
    MEDICAL CONTROLLER

    Niamh worked as an Emergency Medical Controller with the National Emergency Operation Centre – National Ambulance Service.







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