Discover Business and Finance
2022 Graduate Opportunities

About the Role

As a Business and Finance Graduate, you will provide policy advice to support the Government’s social and economic policy objectives. You may be responsible for drafting financial legislation, briefing senior management and ministers on financial policy, monitoring and reporting on financial performance and advising on national and international financial developments.

To be eligible for this role, you must have by 1st September, 2022, a first or second class primary honours degree having taken Business, Economics, Accounting or another financial discipline as a major subject in your final exam. You are also eligible to apply if you are a qualified Accountant and a member of a recognised body of accountants who can demonstrate the competencies for this role.

Salary:  Approx. €33,889

Annual Leave:   25 Days

Location:   Dublin

Opening Date:   11/03/2022

Closing Date:   31/03/2022

The Business and Finance Experience

Jack Neilan O’Connor
Department of Finance

As an AO in the 'Financing the State Unit' of the Banking Division, I am part of the liaison team with the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) - Irelands Debt Management Office. I'm involved in managing the Minister for Finance’s obligations regarding the NTMA under the NTMA Acts.

This position is incredibly wide-ranging and has allowed me to engage with national and international topics and issues.

Each day has the potential to be different. I could be working on Ministerial consent requests for borrowing for a major project, engaging with the NTMA on Ireland's national debt, and on areas of climate action such as the issuance of green bonds.

It is very interesting to gain insight working with European and international institutions such as the European Investment Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Brian Dooley
Department of Finance

When I took part in this campaign, I was happy to see that I could access reasonable accommodations. As an autistic person, I would find much of the recruitment process very difficult. With the help of the disability officer, I was able to get accommodations such as extra time on aptitude tests. Because while I may be able to answer the questions, having enough time to process them is important in giving me a fair chance.

I was allowed to give the answers to competency questions in advance. I still had to demonstrate my skill but in a way that was fair and reasonable to expect of someone who will never interview as well as a neurotypical person.

My job has given me the chance to have the responsibility and to do the type of work in policy analysis that I always wanted to.

Application and Recruitment Process

Prior to application, please ensure to check that you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Opportunities Campaign. You can do this by reading the eligibility section of the Information Booklet, and by reading the FAQ section below.

The application and recruitment process will follow the below listed steps. Depending on the number of applications received, the selection process may comprise of a number of other elements also.

Step One

Register on – please ensure to use your personal email address so we can contact you throughout all stages of the recruitment process.

Step Two

Click "Apply now" for Graduate Opportunities in the Civil Service.

Step Three

Complete the application form (Web Form) before closing date 3pm on Thursday 31st March, 2022. Please ensure your candidate name and ID is correct before you submit.

Step Four

View your completed application in the ‘My Applications’ tab on your profile.

Step Five

Acknowledgment Receipt – You should receive an acknowledgement within 2 working days from when you submitted your application.

Step Six

Stage One - Invitation to Online Assessment and completion of Assessment (Late April).

Step Seven

Stage 2 - Invitation to Assessment Centre (Zoom) and completion (Early June).

Information Booklet

For more in-depth information about the role, please read the Information Booklet prior to applying for this role.

Frequently Asked Questions