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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Life as Administrative Officer in the Department of Finance

"I completed an internship with a political journal based in Jerusalem. This involved contributing blog entries to the journals website." Ian Power Administrative Officer - Department of Finance. 

I completed my undergraduate in BESS (Business, Economics and Social Studies) in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) where I majored in political science. Following this, I completed my M.Sc. in Economics in TCD in the summer of 2013.

During my time in college, I developed a keen interest in politics and current affairs and once I graduated, I was eager to try to gain some practical experience in this area. With that in mind, I undertook an internship with a public affairs consultancy firm based in Dublin.

This position involved working with a team, which included a former Minister of Finance, in preparing a report on the economic contribution of the Irish breeding and horse racing industry.

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Following this, I completed an internship with a political journal based in Jerusalem. This involved contributing blog entries to the journals website and fund-raising activities such as editing and proof reading grant proposals and funding applications.

After completing these internships, I was convinced that I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to engage with the most pressing political and economic issues of the day. This goal prompted me to apply for an AO position in the civil service and I was fortunate enough to be successful in the most recent recruitment campaign where I was assigned to the Economic Division of the Department of Finance in March 2014.

The AO role comes with immediate responsibility and even though I only started a few weeks ago, I have already been set to work on a variety of tasks including helping write briefing notes for the minister, drafting answers to parliamentary questions and attending post programme monitoring meetings with EU officials and eminent Irish economists.

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Article by: Ian Power