Are you interested in public and political life? Do you have a passion for languages? Do you dream of contributing to the shared success of the European community? If so, then it probably comes as no surprise that a career in the European Union could be perfect for you! By directing your attention to the continent, you'll be amazed at the wealth of opportunities that will be open to you!
Don't worry; you won't have to contest an election to secure a job offer in Europe. Employers across EU institutions are always looking to hire talented graduates who are interested in seeing Europe and its people prosper. CareersPortal's Career Opportunities in the EU page identifies several popular positions in the European Union and its associated bodies. These can range from linguistic careers, for example, translators and interpreters, and also include familiar roles in areas like finance, economics, and the legal profession.
This career path can be a great way for those interested in languages to pursue a challenging and rewarding route. Many of the roles require language skills, with certain positions requiring a comprehensive knowledge of two languages, in addition to a perfect command of one's mother tongue. Gaelgóirí can take advantage of this, as not many of the graduates around Europe applying for these roles can boast of their Irish language skills. There's a lot to be said for the competitive edge of the cúpla focal. To find out more about the career options the Irish language can give you, click here.
Due to the sheer size of the EU and the number of career opportunities it offers, it helps to consolidate the information in one place to make researching and applying for these roles as seamless as possible. To help to contextualise the work that the European Union and its agencies actually do, CareersPortal has devised a guide to the institutions and agencies of the union. You can access it here.
Separating the EU into its constituent parts is a great way to explore specific areas of the body, like, environmental affairs, data security, or human rights. This itemised approach to exploration can be a great way to find your niche, so if you're interested in a career in the EU, it's well worth exploring the institution's finer details.
A view of the European Parliament at one of its quieter moments.
At this stage, it's crystal clear that you can carve out an exceptional career within the European Union, but the question of how to get started remains. That's where organisations like European Movement Ireland (EM Ireland) come into the equation. Founded in 1954, the organisation endeavours to "strengthen the connection between all sectors of Irish society and Europe." EM Ireland frequently advertises jobs and traineeships in the EU which are aimed at students and graduates.
It's worth keeping an eye on their website or signing up to the mailing list to stay up to date on all the trainee roles available in the EU and its bodies. Opportunities range from traineeships in the largest organs of the EU, such as its Court of Justice, to roles in specialised areas, for example, there is a traineeship currently advertised for a policy assistant in the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities. The EU covers such a broad range of areas that it doesn't take long to find an area that aligns with your career interests and aspirations.
In addition to EM Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs website can be a great resource for those looking to pursue careers in the EU. This government department's website has an area dedicated to EU jobs and can be a great way of finding out information about opportunities in Europe.
To access it, click here. To learn more about EU Careers, click here.
To learn more about the Government, Politics & EU sector, click here.
To learn more about the History, Culture & Languages sector, click here.