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 Kevin Keary from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:


Kevin Keary

Parliamentary Assistant

EU Careers

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Be proactive and look for the areas that interest you whether it’s the Environment or Human Rights and find MEP’s or interest groups that specialise in those interests and take the initiative to send them your CV.

Having a European language would help you considerably in this career. Irish should also not be ruled out as an option as this is considered as a second language.

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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25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

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25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

Thursday, July 30, 2015 

25 New Apprenticeships on the Way

Twenty-five new apprenticeships are being launched today, in new areas such as financial services, the travel industry and cheffing.

Currently, there are 27 categories of apprenticeship available in five sectors: construction, electrical work, engineering, motor mechanics and printing, under the State training and education scheme.

The new roles will be in areas like engineering, tourism and management with qualifications for the training ranging from NFQ level five (certificates) to level nine (equivalent to a Masters degree).

Minister for Skills Damien English is launching the new apprenticeships this morning.

"An example would be in the area of catering - there's two different types of commis chef and sous chef we'll be offering as apprenticeships," he said. "There's an accounting technician, a higher apprenticeship I accounctancy … there'll be engineering and the IT sector."

Details of the new apprenticeships will be available here on the Apprenticeships area of CareersPortal as soon as they become available.


The CareersPortal Team