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Career Break Civil Service

  • 02-09-2022 4:40pm
    Registered Users Posts: 18

    Hello all,

    I will be starting an AO role very soon in the coming months (currently waiting for the panel to get around to my name in the OOM). While I am a little anxious to start, I am delighted to have gotten it after what seemed like a very grueling interview process and having already spent some time as a CO and EO.

    I wanted to ask people's experience with taking a career break from the civil service, particularly if it was to pursue a job in another country, working in the private sector, travelling, etc.

    From my understanding, you can take up to 5 years in a single career break after having worked 2 years and receiving a 'satisfactory' level through the civil service PMDS assessment (correct me if I am wrong). By then, I will still very much be in my 20's and hopefully eligible for this. While I am very grateful for the job, the thought of settling down in Ireland, at this point, seems a little daunting (that of course might change with time).

    I wanted to ask what transferable roles, if any, did people take advantage of when they moved to another country from the Irish civil service? If they went to the private industry, what did you do? If you went travelling, where did you go? Just thinking about the next few years and prospecting because with this cost of living crisis, the politics, being in Dublin, and not exactly coming from a privileged background; I don't know how much more I can take of this. 😅

    Don't mean to be overly negative, just looking for some insight on what other people have done.

    Happy Friday!

    Thanks guys.