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Be proactive and look for the areas that interest you whether it’s the Environment or Human Rights and find MEP’s or interest groups that specialise in those interests and take the initiative to send them your CV.

Having a European language would help you considerably in this career. Irish should also not be ruled out as an option as this is considered as a second language.
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Historian

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At a Glance... header image

Researches, analyses, and interprets the past by studying historical documents and sources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Organize data, and analyze and interpret its authenticity and relative significance.

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Gather historical data from sources such as archives, court records, diaries, news files, and photographs, as well as collect data sources such as books, pamphlets, and periodicals.

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Trace historical development in a particular field, such as social, cultural, political, or diplomatic history.

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Conduct historical research as a basis for the identification, conservation, and reconstruction of historic places and materials.

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Teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, museums, and other research agencies and schools.

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Conduct historical research, and publish or present findings and theories.

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Speak to various groups, organizations, and clubs to promote the aims and activities of historical societies.

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Prepare publications and exhibits, or review those prepared by others, to ensure their historical accuracy.

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Research the history of a particular country or region, or of a specific time period.

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Present historical accounts in terms of individuals or social, ethnic, political, economic, or geographic groupings.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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History and Archeology: Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Clerical: Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.


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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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