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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.
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Sales agents; sales consultants; sales executives; technical representatives

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Aged over 55: 13%
Male / Female: 76 / 24%
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Provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of creating value, maximising growth or improving the business performance of their clients.


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Fintan O'Brien
Business Analyst  

Fintan O'Brien is a Business Analyst working with Coillte. He holds an Agricultural Science Degree from UCD and has an Honours Higher Diploma in Business Studies & IT from the Smurfit Business School. He has recently completed a  Masters Degree in International Business from Trinity College which was funded by Coillte.

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Marie Kinsella-White
Operations Consultant  

Maria Kinsella-White works as an Operations Consultant for McDonald's. Following her Leaving Certificate she did a Diploma in Accountancy and Computer Technology, a Secretarial Course and Various computer courses (Excel, Word, Outlook, AS400 etc). She is responsible for providing leadership and direction for six restaurants, to maximise their long-term sales and profit potential and to build a positive business relationship with Restaurant Managers and the Restaurant Management Team.

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  • Crafting strategic plans
  • Creating traditional and digital marketing propositions
  • Project management
 


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Organisation: Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers (IMCA)
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