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.
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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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Welcome to CareersPortal for students in Further and Higher Education.

From here, you can access a range of resources designed to assist you with making sound, informed decisions about your career direction.

As you progress through college, you change and grow and become more aware of what life has to offer. You may be more focused on what direction to take your career, or you may just as easily be less certain.

If you are unsure, it's worth visiting the Career Exploration area and completing our Interest Test. There are also a range of self-assessment exercises that you can complete.

You can explore career sectors, or listen to and watch career videos of people in a wide variety of occupations talking about their job, the route they took to get into that job, day-to-day worklife, among other insights.

If you are nearing completion of your studies, and are preparing to enter the workforce, then follow the Jobs and Work link to find jobs that are available to third level graduates. In this area you will find the most comprehensive list of links to job sites specifically aimed at recruiting graduates.

You can also take a look at our Labour Market section to get information on the current trends in the Irish labour market and the jobs that are in demand.

If you know what you want and are getting ready to start applying for jobs, visit our CV & Applications area for help with your CV, Cover Letters, and Job Applications.

If you want to continue your studies to Postgraduate level, then go to our section on Postgrad Study. This area will brief you on the various study options available and provide links to finding courses that may suit you.