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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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They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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New Aerospace Centre at IT Carlow

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New Aerospace Centre at IT Carlow

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

New Aerospace Centre at IT Carlow

Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow has announced the opening of a €500,000 aerospace centre as part of its CAO campaign launched today.

Unique to a third-level institute in Ireland, the centre provides students of its school of engineering with an “aircraft maintenance environment” to ensure up-to-the-minute industry skills.

“Aviation is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. IT Carlow offers degree courses in aero engineering and pilot studies and is also the only third-level institute in the country to offer a Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems,” said Dr Donnacha Lowney, head of the department of aerospace, mechanical and electronic engineering at IT Carlow.

“More than 90pc of our graduates on these courses are employed within the sector or go on to further study and are enjoying careers with prestigious organisations such as the European Space Agency, Aer Lingus, British Airways, the UK’s Ministry of Defence and DLR (German Space Agency).”

IT Carlow’s Aerospace Centre follows on from the opening last year of the self-funded €7.4m dedicated research building, the Dargan Centre, which houses up to 150 research students working on bioenvironmental technologies, product design and innovation, computer gaming and health sciences.

Since its founding in 1970, IT Carlow has generated more than 40,000 graduates. It currently ranks as the fourth largest of Ireland’s 14 ITs with 7,500 enrolments.


The CareersPortal Team