Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Mary Joyce from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Joyce

Secondary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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Teaching as they say is a vocation, it is a job that requires patience and enthusiasm. If you are considering teaching you need to look beyond the holidays and think of the 9-4 Monday to Friday spent dealing with children or teenagers and the challenges which they might pose.

I would advise anyone thinking of teaching as a career to speak with Teachers and learn of their experiences, both positive and negative. I personally would encourage people to consider teaching as it is an extremely rewarding profession in terms of the interaction you get daily with young people and the colleagues you meet in the job.
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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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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