Francis O' Toole Author – Careers Ireland

Students' embarking on their career journey – Is Féidir linn

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DESCRIPTION OF CAREER AREA: The Civil Service offers a huge range of opportunities, employing approximately 35,000 people in over thirty different departments/offices who provide services for and on behalf of the Government. The Public Appointments Service,, is the centralised provider of recruitment, assessment and selection services for the Civil Service.


Civil servants work in the various Government departments such as Finance, Education and Science, Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Health and Children and Transport. Their role is vital to the economic and social life of Ireland, implementing policies and delivering services to the public and helping in the drafting of new policies.



TYPICAL DAY: The everyday life issues that the Civil Service deals with change constantly, resulting in developments and expansion within the organisation to provide a better service to the public. To do this work we need to add new talent to our team – committed, ambitious individuals with an interest in progressing services delivered to the public in Ireland.



JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Opportunities in the Civil Service are extremely diverse, ranging from accountancy to human resources to customer services. Regardless of your area of expertise, there is bound to be a Civil Service job of interest to you. Clerical, administrative, management, professional and technical skills are all required.



REWARDS: Working for the Civil Service is both a challenging and fulfilling career. The Civil Service encourages people to pursue their career goals, whether this is in terms of career advancement or career change. It offers excellent training and development opportunities to meet individual and organisational needs. New opportunities arise constantly and you have the flexibility to develop your own career path.


With career advancement, your responsibilities, workload and remuneration increases and you can find yourself challenged in areas of national and international importance. You should consider a position in the Civil Service if you are seeking a worthwhile career.





Organisational Structure


Secretary General

Assistant Secretary

Principal Officer

Assistant Principal

/                       \

Administrative Officer   Higher Executive Officer

                                                                           Executive Officer

                                                                           Staff Officer

                                                                           Clerical Officer



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