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Catherine Day

Secretary General

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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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50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

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50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

Thursday, July 02, 2015 

50 Jobs with New Mobile operator iD

Dixons Carphone, the new company formed from the merger of Dixons and The Carphone Warehouse, is to launch its new Irish mobile phone operator in August.

The new operator, called iD, will run on 3 Ireland’s network. The company has invested €30m in the new mobile operator, leading to the creation of 50 jobs.

iD has named British mobile industry veteran Hamish White as the new operator’s interim general manager while it searches for a long term head of operations. 

The new operator was scheduled to launch this month but “the scale of the project” forced it to delay launch plans until August. It is targeting 6pc of the Irish market in the next five years, according to Mark Slater, the newly appointed managing director of Dixons Carphone Ireland. The company claims that a third of Irish bill-pay customers aim to switch networks in the next 12 months. “Over 65pc of the [Irish] market are pre-pay mobile customers who have not committed to a mobile operator,” said Hamish White, iD general manager. “Equally, our research shows there is a real appetite to switch. We know what consumers are looking for and are not currently getting from their mobile provider. We’re planning to fill the gap. We’re confident we’ll reach our ambitious target in the Irish market.”

The new operator is one of two new mobile networks to launch in Ireland this year, with UPC expected to announce a new operator by the end of 2015. It recently announced a €6m investment in a new data centre to facilitate the operator.

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Details of career opportunities with the Dixons Carphone Group are available here


The CareersPortal Team