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Civil and Public Service

Who are we?

The Public Appointments Service is the centralised provider of recruitment services for the Civil and Public Service, and operates the comprehensive recruitment website The Public Appointments Service also provides recruitment services to Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and many other public bodies. is the primary online gateway for graduate opportunities in the Irish Civil and Public service, and is run by the Public Appointments Service.

Graduate Opportunities in the Public Service

The public service is vital to the economic and social life of Ireland, and the services delivered by the public service directly influence people’s lives. As a result, whether implementing policies, delivering crucial services or managing resources, the public service offers the possibility of diverse work opportunities for graduates with a range of expertise, interests and talents. The most common entry-level graduate roles in the public service include positions in middle management, policy analysis and other specialist roles. There are also positions available for people with language skills and/or an interest in international relations.

The key entry level grades for graduates in the Civil Service include Executive Officer, Administrative Officer, Third Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, graduate opportunities in Local Government, and other professional roles such as Trainee Auditor in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Statistician, Graduate Economist in IGEES, Legal Researcher and many more.

Investing in your Learning and Development

The success and efficiency of the public service begins with our people, and the development of individual employee skills will be vital to ensure the continued advancement of the public service.

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 across the Civil Service. As part of this programme, entrants have the opportunity to secure practical and professionally valuable learning to facilitate their development. Excellent CPD supports are now also in place for graduates entering professional streams such as economists in the Irish Economic & Evaluation Service (IGEES) and Trainee Auditors.

While different, these development programmes similarly offer new graduate employees the opportunity to up-skill through high-quality, structured training programmes, team projects and other development supports. And with the intention of preparing new entrants for their given role while also providing a solid and valuable foundation for their future careers.

Other benefits of joining the public service

Diversity of Experience: The public service offers the possibility of a challenging but enjoyable career. Every department and public body is different, but each offers the possibility of exciting, meaningful work;

  • Career Progression: The public service has a clearly delineated grade-structure which offers ambitious employees clearly structured paths when looking to climb the career ladder;
  • Work/Life Balance: Though a career with the public service requires hard-work, there are also progressive policies in place to facilitate work/life balance.

To find out more about these challenging & rewarding opportunities, check out our dedicated graduate website at


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