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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Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Study in UK or Abroad

Every year hundreds of students opt to leave Ireland to study and they make this choice for a variety of reasons: it's an alternative to the CAO system; entry requirements may be easier; access to courses abroad that are not available in Ireland; they simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.

Studying in the UK - UCAS 

The UK includes Northern Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. It has been the main University destination for Irish students opting to leave home to study, as well as for thousands of students annually from a wide range of international countries.

UCAS is the admissions service for higher education in the UK. Like the CAO system here in Ireland, UCAS manages all of the applications for full-time undergraduate courses at over 350 UK universities and colleges. The application process is very different to the CAO.

The first deadline for applying to UCAS is in mid October each year. The deadline for the majority of UK courses is January 15 at 6pm. Exceptions to this are veterinary, medicine, dentistry and any Oxford and Cambridge applications, which close in October, and art courses, which close in March.

Also unlike the CAO system, UCAS applications involve completing a Personal Statement, providing an academic reference and providing information about work experience. As well as the extra work involved in preparing an application, UCAS also send the completed application to each college for which a student applies.

All UCAS applications are made online through ucas.com.

It is important to consider the differences between systems in Ireland and other countries when considering studying abroad i.e. Application procedures, Duration of courses, College Fees and Living Expenses. Detailed information on Studying Abroad, including the UK, Europe, USA and Australia/New Zealand is available here.

Study Abroad - EUNiCAS

Degree programmes in Universities across Europe are growing in popularity and the number of Irish students securing places in public universities in Europe is also increasing, particularly in the Netherlands, where non-health science subjects including politics, business, international law, liberal arts, psychology, and science are attracting students from Ireland in large numbers.

EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service. It provides information for Irish students on degree programmes taught through English, in Universities across Europe. You can register with EUNiCAS and access advice and support as well as get regular updates on new programmes and developments.


What are your Career Interests?

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Realist
Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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