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.

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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Job Bridge

The National Internship Scheme

JobBridge became operational on 1st July 2011. Also known as 'The National Internship Scheme', JobBridge provided internship opportunities of 6 or 9 months in duration, for unemployed individuals. The internship placements are with organisations across the private, public and community & voluntary sectors.
The aim of the JobBridge Scheme was to provide those seeking employment with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, maintain close links with the labour market and to enhance their skills and competencies through a quality internship opportunity.
On October 19th 2016, the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar announced that the current JobBridge internship programme is to close to new participants, with a new JobBridge alternative to be implemented after May next year. Existing nine-month JobBridge placement holders will continue until the conclusion. Details on the new scheme is to follow.
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I initially applied online for my current position and then went through three subsequent interviews.

I did actually enjoy the interviews as I saw it as a challenge and the fact that the hotel group organised a spa treatment for me after each interview was a really nice touch. I didnt find the interviews daunting because I have previous experience of being on an interview panel and know that no one wants you to fail they are merely questioning you to try and draw out all the knowledge you already have.

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