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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Transition Year 'has numerous benefits' 


Thursday, May 20, 2010 




Transition Year 'has numerous benefits'Opting to do Transition Year (TY) often offers students numerous benefits, it has been claimed.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Gerry Jeffers, lecturer in Education at NUI Maynooth, said TY has the "potential to give students good experiences that help them to grow up".

Eimear Sinnott of Careers Portal added that TY provides students with the opportunity to learn various skills which will be useful in their career.

"Good academic qualifications may be important for the workplace, but other qualities such as communication skills, problem solving and team work, which can be developed in Transition Year, are just as vital," she stated.

However, with the recession impacting on schools financially, many secondary level institutions are struggling to offer the year, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) said.

The ASTI's Transition Year coordinator Noel Buckley told the newspaper that more parents want their children to take the fourth year.

He noted: "They know that if they leave education early they will find it hard to get jobs. So, they are delaying the departure for as long as possible. This is putting pressure on school resources."

Earlier this year, Dr Jeffers told the newspaper that research suggests that students not only develop academically but also socially and personally during TY. ADNFCR-2470-ID-19788893-ADNFCR 




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