Thursday 22 February 2018 Careers that matter

Looking for a challenging and rewarding career with opportunity for progression? Then a career in the Civil and Public Service might be the right fit for you.

There are various challenging opportunities for graduates in the Civil and Public Service and is the primary online gateway for graduate opportunities. On this website, graduates can discover diverse work opportunities with a range of expertise, interests and talents.

More than 200 graduates were assigned in 2017 to positions of Administrative Officer (AO’s), Trainee Auditors and Graduate Economists.

This year’s graduate campaigns open on 22 September 2017 on Roles will include Administrative Officer, graduate opportunities in Local Government, Trainee Auditor in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) and Graduate Economist in Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES).

Applications are accepted from graduates across all degree disciplines. Now in its third year, the Civil Service Graduate Development Programme has been designed to provide new graduate entrants to the Civil Service with the skills and knowledge required to equip them in their varied roles. As part of this programme, entrants have the opportunity to secure practical and professional valuable learning to facilitate their development. The starting salary is competitive in comparison with other graduate programmes and the public service has progressive policies in place to facilitate work/life balance.

Simone Barnett is one such graduate who is currently participating in the Civil Service Graduate Development Programme. She was awarded a BA in English and Art History from University College Dublin. After university, Simone secured a temporary role in Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). She says: “Working in SUSI allowed me to see that the public sector was a dynamic and fast-moving environment to work in, where I got the opportunity to participate in projects that improved my professional experience beyond what I had expected.”

“Following an Administrative Officer campaign in 2016, I began my current position in March 2017 in the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit within the Department of Justice. My role involves analysing and creating policy related to human trafficking, writing reports and briefings, interacting with State Agencies and NGOs, and a substantial involvement with awareness campaigns. I am currently on the AO Civil Service Graduate Development Programme, which provides me with excellent access to modules on developing legislation, policy analysis, and government accounting, and a range of professional skills development areas.”

Simone adds: “From working within the public service for the last three years, I’ve found that it’s an exciting place to work with huge learning potential. I feel fortunate to work within a sector that is dedicated to improving Irish society and specifically those that need the State’s support the most.”

Faris Bader graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Mathematics. Following a competition for Administrative Officers on Bader joined the Department of Finance as an AO in the Tax Division in March 2017. Faris outlines the role as involving “tax policy analysis, research and administration and being directly involved in drafting reports, briefings, legislation and meeting with stakeholders”.

He says: “The scope and impact of the work means that the role comes with immediate responsibility and a wide range of opportunities for development and progression. The research I am involved in has the potential to impact tens of thousands of citizens, which makes the work both challenging and very rewarding.

“In my time in the Civil Service I have found the work to be often varied and always interesting. The working environment is friendly, supportive and very driven with a large emphasis on training and development that fosters both personal and professional growth.”

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