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Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.
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Civil Service - Assistant Principal

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, you may need to complete three - four years of college and work for several years in the career area to be considered qualified.

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Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€65k > 83
Civil Service - Assistant Principal
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€65 - 83
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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A senior role that involves managing large teams, handling projects and budgets, strategic management and helping to develop government policies.


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Assistant Principals commonly head up a specific policy development, business planning, regulatory or service delivery unit within their Department.

Specific duties and responsibilities of the Assistant Principal role include:

  • Participating in the development of national economic, social and business strategies and policies
  • Advising top management on the practical implications of key business decisions and proposals
  • Translating high-level decisions into practical programmes of action
  • Providing appellate functions where members of the public can make appeals against administrative decisions, such as in the various Ombudsman offices
  • Participating on national committees and
  • Representing the State on international organisations.


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Thinking

Strategic Thinking - Contributes to the shaping of strategy and policy development in own area of responsibility, consistent with the strategies of the Department/ Government.

Contextual Awareness - Identifies and keeps up to date on key departmental, sectoral, national and international policies and economic, political and social trends that affect own role.

Analysis/ Problem Solving - The ability to rapidly assimilate information, discriminate between relevant and irrelevant information, and to see through to the core issues.You must haYo

Decision Making & Judgment - Uses sound judgment in coming to conclusions and in communicating with others.

People

Interpersonal Effectiveness - This area has to do with managing critical relationships and the ability to relate effectively with a diverse range of people internal and external to the department.

Communication - Makes an impact through fluent and articulate communication skills.

Results

Planning & Managing Resources - Ensures that objectives are met by translating overall strategy into meaningful objectives that demonstrate a clear understanding of what is required and that others can relate to.

Managing & Developing People - Provides others with clear guidelines and indication of expectations. Sets high standards and monitors and supports in order to ensure delivery. Delegates wisely, inspires, motivates and challenges others to perform to their potential.

Commitment to Quality Results - Initiates and takes personal responsibility for delivering results on key work activities, even in difficult situations. Is willing to take control of situations and is visibly involved.

Personal

Flexibility & Change Orientation - Implements change taking a solution-focused and creative approach to dealing with problems. Identifies barriers to change and works to overcome them.

Initiative - Is capable of proactively identifying and implementing appropriate improvements /changes in own area of responsibility.

Full details of the specific PAS competency requirements for Assistant Principal are available here.


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Assistant Principals are recruited both internally as a progression step up through the Civil Service, and externally, through open competition via www.publicjobs.ie.

Following the lift of the moratorium, the Civil and Public Service are recruiting at various levels. Check www.publicjobs.ie for current vacancies. You may register a profile on the public jobs website and set up job alerts on your profile. You will then be notified of vacancies as they arise.

Last Updated: April, 2015


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