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  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭ speckled_park


    Would that mainly be aimed at school leavers? Can anyone apply? Contemplating careers change 😅


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    Would that mainly be aimed at school leavers? Can anyone apply? Contemplating careers change ��
    I'm not directly involved, but public competitions run strictly along the lines published in the job spec. If you meet the requirements in the job spec, then you can apply.


    Check the salary - it's low for anyone already working, though for the scenario you mention of a career change, it's better than going back to college full time on zero salary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,049 ✭✭✭ bobbysands81


    Don’t ever recall seeing apprenticeships before in the CS.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    Don’t ever recall seeing apprenticeships before in the CS.


    Certainly a first for office-based roles - there might have been trade-based roles in OPW in the past.


  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    Don't see a thread for this so here goes.

    I haven't applied myself but my son has.

    Online test to be completed by tomorrow, Friday 1st March.

    Anyone else?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,686 ✭✭✭ Slydice




  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    Slydice wrote: »

    Spot on.
    Cheers


  • Registered Users Posts: 372 ✭✭ hawkeyethenoo


    I applied and completed the tests, they were handy enough. I'm pushing 30 though so they'll probably take on younger people is my guess


  • Registered Users Posts: 308 ✭✭ rostalof


    Don’t ever recall seeing apprenticeships before in the CS.


    It's part of this strategy, P.23

    https://ictstrategy.per.gov.ie/ictstrategy/files/Civil%20Service%20ICT%20Professionalisation%20Strategy%20-%20January%202018.pdf


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,477 ✭✭✭ runawaybishop


    I applied and completed the tests, they were handy enough. I'm pushing 30 though so they'll probably take on younger people is my guess

    30 is young for the civil service :)

    About the wages, you move to EO after 2 years which is 30kish so that's not bad.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    My son did aptitude test about a week ago.
    Got word today that he is 21 in order of merit for next stage. He's thrilled.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    I'm pushing 30 though so they'll probably take on younger people is my guess
    In general, the public service is a very diverse employer, and cares little about age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality etc - so you've probably got the same chance as anyone else based on the criteria for the job.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭ Franz Von Peppercorn


    In general, the public service is a very diverse employer, and cares little about age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality etc - so you've probably got the same chance as anyone else based on the criteria for the job.

    Diverse my arse. It’s 99% white Irish.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    Diverse my arse. It’s 99% white Irish.

    I'm sure the Asian, African Eastern European and Middle Eastern people that I work with will be interested to hear this. I don't suppose you've any source for your claim?

    The issue in question here is ageism, of course.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭ Franz Von Peppercorn


    I'm sure the Asian, African Eastern European and Middle Eastern people that I work with will be interested to hear this. I don't suppose you've any source for your claim?

    The issue in question here is ageism, of course.

    In the absence of official facts on this, no. Maybe I’ll request an FOI.

    If you are trying to convince me that the average civil service office isn’t white Irish you will have a lot of work to do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    In the absence of official facts on this, no. Maybe I’ll request an FOI.

    If you are trying to convince me that the average civil service office isn’t white Irish you will have a lot of work to do.


    I'm not involved in this area, but to the best of my knowledge, data on ethnicity or nationality isn't tracked, so I don't think an FOI would give you anything, but sure give it a shot if you like.


    I'm not trying to convince you of anything. I'm just saying that I work people who appear to be Chinese, Middle-eastern, African and Eastern European. In my experience, it wouldn't be quite as diverse as the Facebooks and Googles of this world, but more diverse then than the average Irish business.


    How many employers do you see posting job ads in Polish?


    https://www.facebook.com/naszglosd/posts/949702201900396?__tn__=C-R


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,477 ✭✭✭ runawaybishop


    In the absence of official facts on this, no. Maybe I’ll request an FOI.

    If you are trying to convince me that the average civil service office isn’t white Irish you will have a lot of work to do.

    Every average office is mainly white Irish, because the country is mainly white Irish. The civil service, however, don't discriminate.


  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    Anyone hear anything about supervised.

    I believe they're on this Thurs and Fri.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 l_uuuke


    Still yet to hear anything about the next stage. I imagine it'll be tomorrow (Tuesday). Does anyone know roughly how many places are available on the course/s?


  • Registered Users Posts: 372 ✭✭ hawkeyethenoo


    it is intended to call those candidates placed up to and including 294 on the order of merit to the next stage of the selection process. i'm in the 360s on the oom so looks like thats me finished.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    it is intended to call those candidates placed up to and including 294 on the order of merit to the next stage of the selection process. i'm in the 360s on the oom so looks like thats me finished.

    I wouldn't lose all hope.

    Some people may fail and some may get a better offer, decide it's not for them etc, etc.

    Happens in all other CS competitions, don't see why this should be any different.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 Seriusbizness


    I was 27th in order of merit but received an email there that I was not successful for shortlisting.

    I believe it may have been because I only included my highest educational transcript, instead of original leaving certificate results from 15 years ago. The application form clearly stated that it wasnt required to submit any certification despite the web form asking for it.

    Is there any point in requesting a review or feedback on the decision?


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    I was 27th in order of merit but received an email there that I was not successful for shortlisting.

    I believe it may have been because I only included my highest educational transcript, instead of original leaving certificate results from 15 years ago. The application form clearly stated that it wasnt required to submit any certification despite the web form asking for it.

    Is there any point in requesting a review or feedback on the decision?

    I would request a review; I missed the deadline to submit the application form, I emailed them and they sent me out the form to fill in and submit the next day.

    Worth a shot anyway.

    I am still waiting to hear if I am shortlisted for the tests this week or not.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 Seriusbizness


    Kamu wrote: »
    I would request a review; I missed the deadline to submit the application form, I emailed them and they sent me out the form to fill in and submit the next day.

    Worth a shot anyway.

    I am still waiting to hear if I am shortlisted for the tests this week or not.

    Sent in the request there for review. Hopefully will hear something back.

    Had a family member steal a large amount of money and destroy some personal property and some of my educational transcripts were among what I lost. It was fairly short notice so couldn't replace them in time.

    I asked people who had been through the competition process before and they said it was fine just to include your highest award along with details for the others.

    Can't think of anything else it could be. Unless I ****ed up the dates on jobs 10+ years ago. Questioning myself now as I havent included the info on a CV in years.


  • Registered Users Posts: 491 ✭✭ Kamu


    Sent in the request there for review. Hopefully will hear something back.

    Had a family member steal a large amount of money and destroy some personal property and some of my educational transcripts were among what I lost. It was fairly short notice so couldn't replace them in time.

    I asked people who had been through the competition process before and they said it was fine just to include your highest award along with details for the others.

    Can't think of anything else it could be. Unless I ****ed up the dates on jobs 10+ years ago. Questioning myself now as I havent included the info on a CV in years.

    Good luck, I hope you hear something back.

    I assume that must be the reason since they can't filter through age or experience once the person meets the education criteria.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 Seriusbizness


    Kamu wrote: »
    Good luck, I hope you hear something back.

    I assume that must be the reason since they can't filter through age or experience once the person meets the education criteria.

    Thanks. Even if I can just get some feedback on what the issue was I'll be happy.

    Thinking about it, even if I somehow made an error with dates, the companies I have listed outside the last 6 years don't exist anymore.

    Unless they deemed me unsuitable as I'm a qualified mature applicant? I did see something about that under general competition advice. Not familiar enough with civil service recruitment to really tell if I'm honest.

    Bit of a blow as the placement was the only bit of good news I've had recently.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5 PJKileen


    Anyone know when interview results will be out? Or how many they're taking?


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,982 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko


    Unless they deemed me unsuitable as I'm a qualified mature applicant? I did see something about that under general competition advice. Not familiar enough with civil service recruitment to really tell if I'm honest.
    This is a fairly different competition to any other civil service recruitment. All the criteria will have been set out in the booklet.


    What exactly did they say with your rejection?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2 IxMan


    Has anyone heard word back from interviews at this point?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 358 ✭✭ Pronto63


    IxMan wrote: »
    Has anyone heard word back from interviews at this point?

    Nothing yet.


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