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 Peter Clifford from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Peter Clifford

Probationer Garda

An Garda Síochána

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  Peter Clifford
To get physically fit for the entrance tests and also for the demanding physical nature of the job. Also I would tell people to enjoy themselves before they join as it’s a job for at least 30 years.

I would also informl people about the variety of avenues people can get into when they have completed their training. There really is a career for every person regardless of where their interests lie. There is so many specialised units and prospects.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

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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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