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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Accenture’s Graduate programme is open for applications!

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Accenture’s Graduate programme is open for applications!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 

Accenture’s Graduate programme is open for applications!

One of the best reasons to join Accenture is the people. We value individuality and are committed to building inclusive and diverse teams, where you can be yourself and make a difference as we change the way the world works and lives. 

At our core, we help clients around the world improve their business. This could mean helping them to substantially improve their performance using digital technologies; cloud, mobile, big data, robotics and the internet of things to name a few.

By listening to our employees, we understand what matters most when building an extraordinary career. Our programmes are designed to optimise growth opportunities by providing early exposure to clients, coupled with best-in-class training and development. We also offer a competitive starting salary and benefits packages, in addition to over 20 club and societies. 

Our programme comprises three highly-flexible career paths; Consulting, Analytics and Technology. Each offer unparalleled opportunities to develop expertise with amazing clients, in a broad range of industries;

Consulting: you will kick-start your career working with clients to understand and deliver innovative solutions to their unique business problems. You will develop the key skills required to transform our clients’ businesses across people, processes and technology. Learn more here.

Analytics: is a specialist stream within the Consulting Graduate Programme. Here, you will receive specific training and exposure to develop analytics-based competencies including data management, visualisation, advanced analytics, cognitive computing and analytics strategy. Learn more here.

Technology: As part of a global network of IT experts, you will develop, deploy and maintain the systems and software that underpin our clients’ businesses. By collaborating with other teams, you will ensure the design, implementation and delivery is optimised to drive operational excellence. Learn more here.

We run a number of events over October to help give students an insight into life at Accenture. Students can sign up for our Accenture Experience events at 

Our closing date for our graduate programme is 29th October. Students can apply here.