Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Catherine Day from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:


Catherine Day

Secretary General

EU Careers

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  Catherine Day
I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Elaine Reynolds - Games Designer and CEO of Simteractive

Elaine Reynolds is CEO of Games Developmnt Company Simterative. She has an honours BA in Psychology from TCD and an MSc in Computer Games Technology from Abertray University. 

A typical day for me

My typical day revolves around the running of Simteractive to ensure we are meeting our deadlines

My main tasks

To release the game we are working on and for it to be a huge success! Then the plan is to release more great games and to make a success of Simteractive.

What I like

I love coming up with game concepts, but that’s only a small part of game development. I like doing technical systems design and working with artists on the visual design. I like the business side too.

Work/life balance

When I'm not working on games I also like to play them! I also like acting and improvisation and spending time with family and friends.

Has your psychology degree proved useful?

Yes. For game design there is a lot about computer-human interaction, reward mechanisms, motivation and attention. There is also a lot of emphasis on analytics and tracking what players are doing. For game design, it is good to have a broad range of interests and experience. People then have different ideas and approaches.

What is Simteractive?

It’s the company I set up to develop casual, free-to-play simulation games. Games like SimCity and Theme Park were my favourite games growing up and I wanted to develop games like that. We are developing our first game for tablets and smartphones.

Had you worked in the games industry before setting up Simteractive?

My first job was as a programmer with Traveller’s Tales, which is famous for Lego Star Wars. I worked on the game Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Then I worked at Lionhead Studios as a game designer for four years.

Favourite subjects in school

Technology and Tech Graphics.

The best thing about my job

I like doing technical systems design and working with artists on the visual design.

What would you advise students considering a career in games?

I’d recommend students go beyond their course work and work on extra projects in their spare time.

Work on a small game, get it done and start again. It is good to be able to show and talk about a game you made in a job interview – and it’s important to get hands-on experience. 

Article by: Smart Furtures