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

Secretary General

EU Careers

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  Catherine Day
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.

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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Building, Construction & Property 

   Working in the planning, building, selling or management of construction projects (housing estates, roads, warehouses etc.).

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 

   Creating high quality drugs or chemicals, testing them to ensure they are effective and safe, and monitoring their effect on people and the environment.

Earth Science & Environment 

   Work with technologies that monitor and predict changes in our environment, with the development of renewable and sustainable energy sources and on the protection and conservation of natural resources.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering 

   Designing or manufacturing electronic or telecommunication devices, or being involved in the generation and supply of electricity.


   Working in the manufacture, sales or support of all forms of computers and computer systems, or in the creation and development of software.

Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing  

   Working in the design, use, maintenance and control of all forms of mechanical devices, e.g. in construction, manufacturing, aviation, automobiles and related areas etc.


   Work in this area is covers the design and development of products, from contact lenses, wheelchairs, implantable devices, equipment for screening, to the most sophisticated diagnostic imaging and surgical equipment.

Physical & Mathematical Sciences 

   Researching and investigating aspects of the physical universe, or using Mathematics to solve complex issues in science or business.

Space Science and Technology 

   Exploring and developing the technology used to build satellites, space vehicles and the instruments and experiments that they carry.

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