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 Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Keith Hayes

Ambulance / Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Trainee - European Commission

"Working in an exciting public affairs environment, I got a great insight into European institutions and procedures." Róisín Carlos, Trainee - European Commission

I completed a BA in politics and history in University College Dublin. European politics was a passionate interest and motivated my choice of Master’s at the College of Europe in Bruges. My postgraduate studies have highlighted the important role played by the EU, along with the many career prospects it presents to young graduates interests in this field.

Erasmus in Brussels

The occasion to first gain practical professional experience of EU affairs arrived when I had an Erasmus placement in Brussels, working with consultancy firm FleishmanHillard. This was a great way to combine an Erasmus year with valuable professional experience.

Working in an exciting public affairs environment, I got a great insight into European institutions and procedures. Moreover, it gave me a positive first impression of the day-to-day realities of work in Brussels. Following this experience, I took advantage of another chance to work with EU affairs.

During my final year at UCD I worked closely with the European Personnel Selection Office in Brussels and the EU Division of the Department of An Taoiseach, as I undertook the position of EU Career ambassador in UCD.

'Blue Book'

Promoting EU jobs was a great way to learn more about the vast range of opportunities available to Irish graduates across European Institutions and Agencies. One of the most popular EU graduate job routes in Brussels, and one that I pursued, is the Traineeship at the European Commission, also known as the ‘Blue Book’.

In each session around 40 Irish graduates are selected, and fortunately I am one of the lucky ones to be starting in October 2015 in Directorate for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO).

I look forward to starting this experience soon and getting a taste for life inside the European Commission! Based upon my experiences so far I would highly recommend Irish graduates to consider the route of EU careers. I think that there is a great appetite for employing young Irish in Brussels, particularly as we are native English speakers!

There are so many options available so the best advice that I can give is to apply for all traineeships that might interest you, across all the EU institutions and agencies, keeping your options open.

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Article by: Róisín Carlos