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 Colin Butterly from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Colin Butterly

Site Manager - Trade Entry

Construction Industry Federation

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For anyone who even vaguely considers a trade or a management job they shouldn’t hesitate to pursue it as it can surprise you how capable you can become despite any reservations you may have.

It could even introduce you to different roles in the industry that you hadn’t realised were available to you or felt where out of your reach.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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EU Recruitment Campaign for Secretaries and Clerks

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EU Recruitment Campaign for Secretaries and Clerks

Friday, January 09, 2015 

EU Recruitment Campaign for Secretaries and Clerks

Secretaries and clerks for administrative/ financial/ secretarial support roles in the EU Institutions:

The EU institutions are looking for both newly trained and experienced, resilient and highly motivated staff who can play a key role in supporting teams, managers, or other services with the following profiles:

  • administrative support
  • financial support
  • secretarial support

You could be carrying out a range of clerical and secretarial tasks, office management and other equivalent tasks requiring a certain degree of autonomy.

A thorough knowledge of IT tools, such as word-processing, spreadsheets and databases is essential.

To apply for EU entry grade (AST-SC1) you should have:

• Post-secondary education of at least one year attested by a diploma relevant to the nature of the duties.


• Secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education, followed by at least three years’ professional experience mostly related to the nature of the duties. Or

• Professional training (equivalent to European Qualification Framework Level 4) of at least one year, followed by a minimum of three years' professional experience. Both the training and experience must be mostly related to the nature of the duties.

To apply for a more senior position (grade AST-SC2) you will need:

• at least four years' professional experience in the administrative, financial or secretarial support field, in addition to the requirements for the entry grade (AST-SC1).

To work for the EU Institutions you also need:

• EU citizenship

• a thorough knowledge of an official EU language

• plus a satisfactory knowledge of English, French or German.

Full details of the recruitment process are available here from the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)

Detailed information on the range of career opportunities in the EU is available in our Irish Voices - EU Jobs Area here

The Deadline for applications is 10 February 2015 at 12.00 midday (Brussels time).

The CareersPortal Team