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On a personal level you need to be a good team player, good communicator and organised. From a technical viewpoint a background in physical sciences or engineering is essential. A PhD in semiconductor related field would prove extremely beneficial. The opportunities are vast within a company the size of Intel so you do have the option to change career direction if needed.
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The European Union offers ambitious and talented people an exciting international career at the heart of a fast-moving, multinational environment and the chance to make a real and lasting difference.

The EU’s Institutions (more on these later!) are always on the lookout for people who are skilled, ready for a challenge and who want to make a difference.

Since Ireland became a member of the EU in 1973, Irish citizens have been working in the EU and have managed to secure some of the highest positions available.

Did you know, for example, that there have been five Secretaries-General of the European Commission (that’s the highest-ranking civil servant in the European Commission) and two of them – David O’Sullivan and Catherine Day – are Irish?

Whether you are a final-year student in a university or college, a graduate, or a professional with years of experience, there is a role suitable for you in the EU.

Depending on your skills, experience and job description, you can work on things as varied as drafting policies and implementing EU law, managing projects, developing communication strategies, translating, interpreting or providing legal advice.

 

“Since Ireland joined the EU, Irish men and women, like Catherine Day and David O'Sullivan, have played leading roles in contributing to its development. As Irish citizens, we are currently well represented in the staffing of the EU's leading institutions – the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
However, as a number of retirements approach, this Irish presence is set to fall.
This is a concern for Ireland and for Europe. 
I want to see Irish citizens remain at the heart of the EU, serving the institutions which shape so much of our political, legal and commercial environment.”
 
Dara Murphy TDIrish Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection

Looking for a challenging career in a dynamic environment?

EU Institutions are always looking for people who are ready to face challenges and make a difference for Europe. Irish citizens have an impressive track record in securing high level positions in the EU Institutions, including Directors General, Heads of Cabinet, not to mention the last 2 Secretaries General.

However, in recent years the level of awareness of opportunities has dropped and the number of applications from Ireland has fallen. Typically applications from Ireland for the annual graduate in-take have amounted to 500, or less.

The European Union Institutions offer an international career to ambitious and capable people. Based in the heart of Europe, you will encounter a fast-moving international environment and the chance to make a real and lasting difference. The EU Institutions serve 500 million people in 27 member states, so you can expect exceptional scope and scale.

If you are a final year student or Graduate, you can apply for entry-level positions in various fields, which are the starting point to an exciting and truly European career. The EU Institutions regularly recruit Graduates with work experience, administrative personnel and experienced professionals in a wide range of fields as well as translators and interpreters.

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"The most rewarding experience in my career was working on [EU] enlargement … It was politically, emotionally and historically the most exciting thing I’ve done"
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Catherine Day
"The best part of my job is similar to its challenges: you get to work with people from different cultures"
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Vivienne Breathnach
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The great thing about working in innovation is that the field is wide open and seeking out new things is very much encouraged

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Ciara Phelan
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For anyone undertaking an EPSO competition, I suggest you speak to as many people as possible beforehand to learn how the process works.

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Allen Monks
"You get a sense that you’re representing your own country and also, you have the opportunity to develop a broader outlook on the world"
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Kevin Keary
"This is what makes the world go round. If you can have some stake in trying to help shape the improvement of that, it's a personal nirvana."
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Mary McCaughey
"The best thing about my job is that I can go to different countries through my work"
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The OECD offers challenging and interesting opportunities. Recruitment is rigorous but careers are rewarding.

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Senior Economist
William Hynes