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Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

About

This is where your taxes go, to keeping the roads maintained, laws enforced and all the other functions of government that keep society functioning. Politicians create laws and represent the people, the civil and public services then carries out government policy. The European Union operates on a similar basis across Europe. This is a complex sector, which includes independent bodies such as regulators who ensure that products, occupations or the government itself is acting properly and to the correct standard.

Skills

    communication, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, decision making, enforcing laws and regulations, writing, negotiation, people management, problem solving,

Key Facts

0.317%
of Irish gross national income spent on international aid in 2017
28,342
employed by local authorities in 2018
2
number of languages most EU careers require

Labour Market Information

There were 101,700 persons employed in Public Administration and Defence in Q4 of 2017, 4.6% of national employment. Employment grew 18% growth over the five-year period between quarter 4 2012 and quarter 4 2017, an increase of 15,500 persons employed.

No shortages have been identified for Government administration occupations.

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