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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

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.

Who we recruit

Who we recruit

Career opportunities for school leavers.

You may go straight into the Civil Service after you leave school as either a Clerical Officer or an Executive Officer provided that you have passed the recruitment process through an open campaign and possess the relevant qualifications.

The eligibility criteria will be set out in the information booklet associated with a campaign once the campaign has gone live.

You may avail of a scheme that supports employees to study part-time, by refunding fees for courses seen as relevant to the job, and be given exam and study leave giving you the opportunity to continue your education while you work.

The Public Appointments Service also recruits for An Garda Siochána, the Fire Brigade and a number of other public services which you may apply to once you have satisfied the necessary requirements.

To apply for any of the above positions or to register your interest log on to www.publicjobs.ie

FAQs for Second Level Students. 

Career opportunities for college graduates.

If you achieve a first class or second class honours degree you may apply for the following graduate positions

The Administrative role is the level above Executive Officer. Administrative Officers play a crucial role in policy formulation (through critical analysis, research and policy drafting) for a wide range of governmental areas. Administrative Officers can also be involved in drafting briefing materials for Ministers. This role is an excellent opportunity for honours graduates to begin working in the Public Sector. 

Another attractive position for graduates is the Third Secretary/Junior Diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs, the recruitment grade for the Irish diplomatic service.  Third Secretaries initially work in the Department of Foreign Affairs before travelling to an Irish embassy or consulate where they will work for a number of years. There are many different projects and areas of work within Foreign Affairs, from dealing with Irish tourists' issues abroad to acting as an Irish Representative in various formal functions.

Professional and specialist roles exist within the Public Service for both graduates and non-graduates. These include:

  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Architects
  • Accountants/Auditors
  • Medical Consultants
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing Staff
  • Legal Staff – Solicitors, Barristers, Law Clerks
  • Paramedical Staff – Dental Surgeons, Environmental Health Officers, Pharmacists, Community Welfare Officers.
  • Scientists 
Local Government: New Graduate Opportunities

Local Authorities are always looking for people with the potential to contribute to the management of public services. As the business, economic and social environment becomes more complex and demanding, there is an increasing need to ensure a wider range of skills is available. Local Authorities will be recruiting people who possess particular qualifications, skills and competencies in areas such as:

  • Business
  • Project management
  • Strategy and Change management
  • HR
  • Communications and Marketing

To seek further information or apply for any of the above positions or to register your interest log on to www.gradpublicjobs.ie

Career opportunities for experienced talent.

We recruit into the Civil Service via open campaigns at all grade levels.

Appointees to positions in the public service frequently remain within the public service because of the broad range of job opportunities and promotion available during times of economic growth and/or public service recruitment.

The public service also affords jobholders the opportunity to transfer across public service organisations and thus expand their skill base and enjoy new experiences and challenges.  Any skill/experience that enables an officer to serve the public better in his/her official duties is valued - a strong customer orientated focus being an obvious example. Ask yourself what you think you could bring to the public service.

The public service offers staff the opportunity to broaden their skills and expertise. Staff are encouraged to gain relevant qualifications - and opportunities to do so may be made available. 

Professional and technical positions will require officers to have the appropriate qualifications and/or experience.

Please register a profile on www.publicjobs.ie and set up job alerts to receive notification of vacancies as they arise.

Career opportunities for adults wishing to return to work.

Depending on the positions involved, candidates may enter directly from school or following third level qualifications at colleges.

Normally applicants may be of any age provided they are suitable in all relevant respects and would accordingly have varied experience.

There is no limitation on the type of course acceptable except in the case of professional and technical positions where appropriate qualifications/experience is required.

Opportunities for those wishing to gain work experience.