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 Rasaq Falade from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Rasaq Falade

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Anyone considering this job should be ready to work thoughtfully rather than reactively. Also they should be emotionally present and ready to facilitate meaningful conversation.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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European Parliament Trainee

"I wanted to gain experience within an international organisation and experience within an EU institution is an ideal way to achieve this." Torlach Grant, European Parliament Trainee 

I studied for a BA in Contemporary Culture and Society at Dublin City University. Following this, I completed an MSc in International Politics at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2014.

While at university I developed a strong interest in international trade and development. I am particularly interested in how various citizens, organisations and interest groups interact within the European policy-making process.

After graduating, I joined European Movement Ireland as a Research Stagiaire and upon completion of my internship I was offered the role of Projects Executive Assistant. Reporting to the Head of Communications and Development, I worked on the organisation’s various advocacy projects and communications campaigns, as well as members’ and other events.

In October, I will begin a traineeship in the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services at the European Parliament in Brussels. I will be working in the European Council Oversight Unit. I decided to apply for a traineeship at the Parliament because I wanted to gain experience within an international organisation and experience within an EU institution is an ideal way to achieve this.

I hope to make use of the traineeship to further develop my skills in policy research and analysis and to broaden my knowledge of how European policy processes work. 

Article by: Torlach Grant