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 Maria O'Neill from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Maria O'Neill

Civil Engineer

STEPS

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  Maria O'Neill

If you like working with others, and like problem solving then its definitely worth considering. Do you ever look at a bridge/skyscraper etc. and wonder how they did that? Or better still, are you looking at the way the road at home is laid out and thinking if they had of done something differently it would have been better.

Engineering is not a career people think about and say its helping people, but in many ways it is rewarding and just as much about helping people. Engineers design things used everyday that help people get to work, provide clean water, provide sewerage systems, care for the environment....

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European Parliament Trainee

"I wanted to gain experience within an international organisation and experience within an EU institution is an ideal way to achieve this." Torlach Grant, European Parliament Trainee 

I studied for a BA in Contemporary Culture and Society at Dublin City University. Following this, I completed an MSc in International Politics at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 2014.

While at university I developed a strong interest in international trade and development. I am particularly interested in how various citizens, organisations and interest groups interact within the European policy-making process.

After graduating, I joined European Movement Ireland as a Research Stagiaire and upon completion of my internship I was offered the role of Projects Executive Assistant. Reporting to the Head of Communications and Development, I worked on the organisation’s various advocacy projects and communications campaigns, as well as members’ and other events.

In October, I will begin a traineeship in the Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services at the European Parliament in Brussels. I will be working in the European Council Oversight Unit. I decided to apply for a traineeship at the Parliament because I wanted to gain experience within an international organisation and experience within an EU institution is an ideal way to achieve this.

I hope to make use of the traineeship to further develop my skills in policy research and analysis and to broaden my knowledge of how European policy processes work.

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Article by: Torlach Grant