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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.
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Perfusionist

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Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialised medical training to be able to do their job.

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Perfusionist
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€25 - 46 
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Sets-up and controls the equipment which enables a patient's heart and lungs to work during open heart surgery.


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Perfusionists set up and control the heart-lung bypass equipment that takes over the functions of the heart and lungs during open-heart surgery and also monitor the patient's condition. This equipment physically pumps blood around the body and oxygenates the blood, keeping a patient alive.  
 
During an operation, perfusionists are required to monitor a patient's condition. They operate autotransfusion units to replace massive blood loss. They also set up and monitor intra-aortic balloon pumps that provide temporary mechanical support for a patient's heart and lungs.  
 
Perfusionists work very closely with surgeons, anaesthetists and theatre nurses.

 


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You must be able to work well within a team. Within surgical teams, you will have a high degree of direct responsibility.  
 
Although much of the work is routine, you must be mentally alert, as sudden life-threatening situations require split-second decisions. When the unexpected happens, you will have to remain calm and make rational decisions swiftly.  
 
Good hand skills are essential for controlling and operating technical equipment.


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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Society of Clinical Perfusion Scientists of GB and Ireland
  Address: The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Field, London W2CA 3PN, UK
  Tel: + 44 207 869 6891
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