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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Seasonal Guides and Information Officers wanted for the OPW

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Seasonal Guides and Information Officers wanted for the OPW

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 

Seasonal Guides and Information Officers wanted for the OPW

Application is currently open for the role of Guide/Information officer with the Office of Public Works.

Visitor Services at The Office of Public Works (OPW) is recruiting for Seasonal Guides/Information Officers. The closing date for applications is Monday 13th November 2017

The OPW is in search of enthusiastic people to join their dedicated Guide Teams at National Monument/National Historic Property Sites under their remit. This competition will be used to fill a range of temporary/seasonal posts over the next year, which have a range of different start dates and contract durations.

Interested applicants should have:

  • heritage awareness,
  • relevant work experience,
  • good communication skills,
  • good team working ability,
  • fluency in Irish for Gaeltacht Sites.

Tá Treoraithe/Oifigigh Eolais Shéasúracha á n-earcú ag Oifig na nOibreacha Poiblí. Tabhair do d’aire, le do thoil, nach dtairgfear fostaíocht shealadach ach d’iarrthóirí rathúla de bhun an chomórtais seo. Ba chóir go mbeidís seo a leanas ag iarrthóirí ar spéis leo an obair seo:

  • feasacht ar oidhreacht,
  • taithí bhainteach oibre,
  • scileanna maithe cumarsáide,
  • cumas maith oibriú mar chuid d’fhoireann,
  • líofacht sa Ghaeilge le haghaidh Láithreáin Ghaeltachta.

How to apply

Applications should be made online through Candidates may be short-listed for interview on the basis of information supplied in the application forms.

The Application Form must be completed and submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 13th November 2017.

Full details and campaign information booklet are available here

The CareersPortal Team