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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:

Aoife Mc Dermott

Lecturer

Department of Education and Skills

Read more

Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.
Close

Social?
Social
The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Communication Officer - EU

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship or training program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€52k >
Communication Officer - EU
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€52 -
Related Information:
Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around €2,300 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.
Salaries:

Grade: Basic monthly salary €
AD12: €10,406.80
AD9: €7,185.01
AD7: €5,612.65
AD5: €4,384.38
AST3: €3,424.90
AST1: €2,675.40
AST/SC2: €2,654
AST/SC1: €2,345

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.

For entrants to this role at AD Grade 5 a salary of €4,349 per month applies.

As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

* 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.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Works on communication with different audiences including the public at large, the media and visitors' groups


Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records:1

Mary McCaughey
Head of Communications
A business and politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe in Bruges, Mary McCaughey is now working with Eurofound as Head of Information and Communication.
Go to Interview

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..EU Communication Officer - from: EU Careers [Video]

Go..Search YouTube for Communication Officer - EU videos

The Work header image

Communication officers in the EU institutions may work in areas such as:

  • External communication with different types of multipliers and the public at large, including the media and visitors' groups
  • Written and oral information to media representatives
  • Web communication
  • Strategic and crisis communication.

Day-to-day work activities will typically involve:

  • Drafting press releases, reports and texts for different kinds of media (in the language you are recruited in, and/or in French or English)
  • Establishing and maintaining relations with the media
  • Communicating information on topical EU issues
  • Monitoring and analysing media impact
  • Managing and maintaining the EU's presence on all online platforms, including the preparation and publication of original content.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:

  • Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
  • Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results


Entry Routesheader image

You must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • A degree in a relevant discipline (check for specific requirements on the competition notice), (or be graduating this year) for entry at Grade AD 5
  • Several years’ relevant experience, to join us at a more senior level (Grade AD 7).

Applications are made through the centralised recruitment process.

See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Communication

Last Updated: July, 2016


Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

bullet

Organisation: EU Careers - European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
Address: Candidate Contact Service, Office C-80 00/40, B1049 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 299 3131
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: European Movement Ireland
Address: 8 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2,
Tel: (0)1 662 5815
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: European Parliament Information Office in Ireland
Address: 43, Molesworth Street, Dublin, 2
Tel: 01 - 605 7900
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: EU Jobs Ireland
Address: Department of the Taoiseach, Government Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 00 353 1 619 4335
Email: Click here
Url Click here

Job Search


Industry Expert


Career Articles

Communications Consultant - European Commission

Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU
Classic Arts, Languages & Culture

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 46
Arts (Child, Youth and Family: Policy and Practice)
NUI Galway
Arts (Childrens Studies)
NUI Galway
Arts (Joint Honours) Politics
Dublin City University - DCU
Arts (Public and Social Policy)
NUI Galway
Arts - European Studies
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Arts - International Development
Maynooth University
Arts - Leann an Aistriuchain
NUI Galway
Arts - Medieval Celtic Studies
Maynooth University
Arts - Politics
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Arts - Politics
Maynooth University
Arts - Politics and International Relations
UCD (NUI)
Arts - Politics and International Relations
University of Limerick - UL
Arts - Sociological and Political Studies
NUI Galway
Arts - Sociology
Waterford IT
Arts - Sociology
TCD
Arts - Sociology
Maynooth University
Arts - Sociology
UCD (NUI)
Arts - Sociology
University of Limerick - UL
Arts - Sociology
UCC (NUI)
Citizenship & Community Studies
Carlow College
Cumarsαid agus Gaeilge
NUI Galway
Digital Humanities
Dundalk IT
Digital Humanities and Information Technology
University College Cork (NUI) - UCC
Education, Home Economics and Economics - with concurrent Teacher Education
St. Angela's College Sligo
European Studies
TCD
European Studies
University of Limerick
European Studies
IT Tallaght
European Studies
Maynooth University
Heritage Studies
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Heritage Studies
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
History and Political Science
TCD
International Relations
DCU
Law and Society (BCL)
DCU
Law with Politics
UCD (NUI)
Law with Social Justice
UCD (NUI)
Local Studies (part-time, mature entry)
Maynooth University
Na Dana (Gaeilge agus Leann an Aistriuchain - Irish and Translation Studies)
NUI Galway
Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology
TCD
Political Science and Geography
TCD
Public Health
UCC (NUI)
Social and Community Studies (Thurles) Cancelled
Limerick IT - LIT
Social Care Practice
Waterford IT
Social Science
Dublin Business School
Social Studies
Dublin Business School
Sociology and Social Policy
TCD
Youth and Community Work
IT Carlow