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

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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.

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference Underway in Cork

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Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference Underway in Cork

Friday, July 10, 2015 

Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Conference Underway in Cork

The Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has today reiterated that 29,000 new jobs could be created in the marine sector by 2020.

He was speaking at Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth, an international conference taking place in Cork today and tomorrow, where the potential from Ireland's "blue economy" is being discussed. The event aims to highlight the social, cultural and economic benefits of Ireland's marine sector and provide a platform for public engagement with Ireland's marine resource.

There has been huge expansion in the maritime sector, and it is hoped it could lead to an extra €2.7 billion in economic growth within the next five years. The blue economy grew by 9% between 2010 and 2012, while GDP growth in the same period was 4.75%.

"We are thinking strategically in a way that's more ambitious than we've ever seen before," said Minister Coveney. "Whether it's energy, fish, tourism, leisure, shipping - whatever the sector that's linked to the marine, we have a very definite plan to take those sectors forward with a focus on job creation [and] growth."

Other areas planned to development are renewable energy in the ocean and oil and gas explorations. Minister Coveney also said environmental protection was factored into the plan for each industry sector.

Is a career in the Maritime Sector for you?

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