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.
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REACH+ Programme - [TY & Leaving Cert Senior Cycle Only] 
 

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The REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme is Ireland's most comprehensive, in depth, multi-format careers programme available. Much more than any textbook, it is a complete, integrated, classroom learning environment that supports Students, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers of career related content, including LCVP and LCA.

Unlike any other careers resource available, it contains four key components:

  • The Student Portfolio
  • The Students Online Career File & Portfolio
  • The School Administration
  • The REACH+ Network Support and Training

The REACH+ programme has been designed to facilitate the delivery of Career and Educational Guidance in Senior Cycle. The programme is only available in participating schools.

The programme covers five core areas:

  • Career Planning
  • Self Assessment
  • Study Skills
  • World of Work
  • World of Education

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Students are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities and research designed to prepare them for the transition from secondary school to work or college. Students taking part in the program each receive a Student Workbook and gain access to REACH+ Online, where they can complete additional exercises, do career research and monitor their study performance over the course of their senior cycle.

Guidance counsellors gain access to an easy to use online management system that enables them to keep track of students' progress, and prepare and deliver classes using powerpoints, videos and guidelines offered through lesson plans.

This consists of three main areas:

  • Student / Class Management
  • Resources (lesson plans, powerpoints, videos etc)
  • School Guidance Website

Further details of the REACH+ programme can be found in our promotional materials below. Additional information can be obtained by contacting reach@careersportal.ie, or by phone (01) 4402314



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