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Who are we?

The Public Appointments Service is the centralised provider of recruitment services for the Civil Service; we also provide recruitment services to Local Authorities, the Health Service Executive, An Garda Síochána and other public bodies.

The Public Service is at the heart of economic and social life in Ireland, and the services delivered by and within the Public Service directly influence people’s lives. As a result, whether implementing policies, delivering crucial services or facilitating the regulation of vital resources, the Public Service offers the possibility of widely diverse and dynamic work opportunities for graduates with a range of expertise, interests and talents.

Graduate Opportunities

There is a broad range of roles available to graduates within the Public Service. The most common entry-level graduate roles include positions in junior management, policy analysis and other specialist roles. The key entry level grades for graduates in the Civil Service include Executive Officer, Administrative Officer, Third Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and other professional roles such as Statistician, Junior Economist and many more.

Local Authorities are interested in recruiting graduates who possess particular qualifications, skills and competencies in areas such as Business, Project Management, HR, Strategy and Change Management, and Marketing.

In addition to having achieved a high standard of education, we are looking for people who have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The capacity to carry out research and analysis;
  • Excellent team-working skills;
  • Ability to deliver to tight deadlines;
  • Strong leadership potential.


What are the Benefits of joining the Public Service?

  • Diversity of Experience: The Public Service offers the possibility of a flexible, challenging and rewarding career. Each department and public body is different, but each offers the possibility of diverse challenges with exposure to important and meaningful work;
  • Learning and Development: Public Service organisations are very focused on corporate and individual skills development, and many have attractive schemes supporting part-time study of a job-relevant course (e.g. refunding fees and providing study-leave);
  • Making a Difference: Working in the public service offers you the chance to see your hard work materialise in the public arena, be it a social policy you developed or legal strategy you devised, you are encouraged to make a difference;
  • Career Progression: The Public Service has clearly delineated grade-structures, which offer ambitious employees clearly defined paths when striving to climb the career ladder;
  • Work/Life Balance: Though a career with the Public Service requires hard-work, there are also policies in place to ensure that you are able to achieve the best work/life balance possible.


To find out more about opportunities please check out our new graduate dedicated portal website at

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