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 Brian Howard from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Brian Howard

Guidance Counsellor

Department of Education and Skills

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Brian Howard

This career involves working with people in a caring capacity. If you have no interest in helping people personally or educationally then this may be the wrong profession for you.

Empathy, patience and respect are important qualities for this job, in addition to be able to relate well to the person you are dealing with. As there is also a large amount of information to be handled in the job, good organisational, IT and time management skills are also quite important.

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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 an Administrative Officer in Public Expenditure and Reform

"I was attracted to the Civil Service because it offered me a role in formulating public policy at a time when Ireland’s economic challenges were most pressing." Alan Gilligan, Administrative Officer - Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform 

I began working in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in June 2012 after finishing my studies of Economics in National University of Ireland, Galway


Joining the department has been a rewarding experience as I was given
responsibilities and opportunities from my first day. The department is receptive to fresh ideas brought in by new recruits and there are many opportunities to formulate policy with management at the most senior levels.

Some of the best experiences have been representing the department at meetings with the EU and IMF (International Monetary Fund), writing papers and presenting them to the management board, and attending the Dáil session on Budget day.

Overall, there is plenty of variety in the work I do and opportunities to advance further, travel and continue to influence policy.


Article by: Alan Gilligan