Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources / Civil Service
I joined the Civil Service as a Clerical Officer and was placed in the Oil Security and Energy Corporate Governance Division in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). This was a great start for me as I was given the opportunity to work on a diverse number of tasks from assisting with the auditing of oil companies to being involved with the development of a framework to create the Oil Supply Contingency Handbook, which will ensure the security of oil supply in Ireland. I also had the opportunity to represent the Department at meetings in the International Energy Agency in Paris. During my time in the Division I received support to study part time and completed my Degree in Business Studies specialising in Human Resources from UCD in 2010.
After graduating I was asked to join the Human Resources Division, a move I was very happy to accept as I was able to use my Degree fully. Every day brings a new challenge and HR is an excellent place to work. A year after my move I was promoted to Executive Officer. My work involves delivering on interesting and diverse projects such as workforce planning, developing induction and mentoring programmes as well as dealing with internal and external competitions. I also get to work closely with both staff and management in the Department to ensure a positive HR experience for all.
DCENR has comprehensive training and support facilities, which ensure that staff are encouraged to continue developing experience, qualifications and skills. I am currently studying a Masters in Human Resource Strategies in DCU which will assist particularly within the backdrop of the Civil Service Renewal Plan which will re-frame the role of HR. There is a strong knowledge sharing culture and staff work together closely to deliver the Department’s core areas of responsibility. Socially, the Sports & Social committee organise a range of activities from weekends away to theatre nights making it a very friendly place to work. I would tell anyone thinking of a career in the Civil Service, grab the opportunity!