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Catherine Day

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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.

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Investment Banker

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Shortage Indicator

Shortages have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017 for the following areas:

FinTech; "business and financial professionals with skills in specific software packages and experience (including international)
financial management/financial analysis: trustee managers; deposit managers; payroll managers"

Business intelligence and risk analysis; "financial systems analysts; entry level and experienced revenue managers (specific sectors, e.g. hospitality)"

Data analytics: "Experienced (5 years+) statisticians; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling)"

Financial management/financial analysis; "trustee managers; deposit managers; payroll managers ▪ multilingual financial clerks: credit controllers; accounts payable/receivable; payroll specialists; fund accounting and transfer pricing specialists."

Occupational Category

Finance & Investment Analysts

Also included in this category:

Financial advisers; financial analysts; financial consultants; mortgage advisers; pensions consultants.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 4%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 56 / 44%
Non-Nationals: 13%
With Third Level: 84%
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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They advise on such issues as; shares, takeover bids, acquisitions and mergers.

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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They liaise with regulatory bodies and give strategic advice on large sums of money. They arrange loans to companies both in Ireland and overseas. They deal in securities trading in bonds, equities or derivatives and offer broking facilities.  
They may coordinate teams of professionals including lawyers and accountants. They deal directly with chief executives and directors of companies.

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As an investmentt banker you will have to be able to handle complex information. You must be confident and diplomatic to be able to negotiate at a very high level. You will need excellent inter-personal skills and strong organisational abilities. You will need to be articulate and literate to be able to present information both verbally and in written reports.  
You will need analytical ability to extract relevant information from a mass of detail.  
Increasingly a second language is required.

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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: CFA Ireland
Address: PO Box 11111, Blackrock Co. Dublin
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Organisation: Irish Banking Federation
Address: Nassau House, Nassau St. Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 671 5311
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Banking, Insurance & Financial Services

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