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The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with 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.

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Mary McCaughey, Head of  Communications
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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.

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What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?

A business and politics graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe in Bruges, Mary McCaughey began her career in journalism in Brussels in 1990 with the European news information agency, Europe Information Service, writing for European Report and Social Europe as well as other publications, and was a founding editor of Europe East.

From there, she spent several years working for the Wall Street Journal Europe before moving to South Africa where she contributed, among others, to the WSJE and the Irish Times as a features writer.

In 1998 she took up the post of spokesperson with the Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa, heading up the press and information department until 2001 when she moved to Belgrade, Serbia. While there, she worked as a communications consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction until taking up her post in 2003 as Editor in chief at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) in Dublin.

In October 2007 she was nominated to the post of Head of Information and Communication with the Foundation.

Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?

How did you go about getting your current job?

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Describe a typical day?

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What are the main tasks and responsibilities?

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What are the main challenges?

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What's cool?

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What's not so cool?

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What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?

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What is your education to date?

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What aspects of your education have proven most important for your job?

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What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?

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What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?

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What is your dream job?

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Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?

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What advice would you give to someone considering this job?

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What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?

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Have you undertaken, or do you plan to undertake any further training as part of your job?

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What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?

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What is your current job title?

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