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 Kevin Keary from EU Careers to give some advice for people considering this job:

Kevin Keary

Parliamentary Assistant

EU Careers

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Kevin Keary
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.

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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Growing your Skills

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Growing your Skills

The focus on activities in TY offers a great chance to develop the sort of life skills that really matter as you grow older.

Skills are learnt by doing - this means they develop over time while actively doing something. You can't learn lifeskills from a book, no more than you can learn to drive a car by just reading about it.

So, a number of TY modules usually involve activities with your classmates, where you have to work together as a group, sharing out different tasks and responsibilities, and discussing how things should be done. Through these activities you have the opportunity to develop what are known as 'soft' skills - those skills that enable people to get along together and produce good work efficiently.

These 'soft' skills are also known as career skills for the same reason - they are the skills that are needed by all people in the workplace in order for them to do their job well. We encourage you to explore what these skills are during your TY in general, and in your work experience in particular.

Fact: you can get all A's in your Leaving cert or college degree, but if you are not able to communicate well, or work comfortably in a team, you won't get the job.

Employers regard career skills as equally important to qualifications - so developing career skills is actually incredibly important for your future career.

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I am originally from New Zealand, and initially I decided to do a Bachelor of Commerce as I wanted to major in Marketing and Business Administration, both subjects which I enjoyed.

However, once I moved to London after I graduated, I started working in Investment Banking. As I had work experience in this area, it was easy to get temporary work and the money was good. A few years later I moved to Dublin, and got a permanent role with Merrill Lynch in the operations department. After 2 years in the Dublin office, I transferred to London to a job in the Middle Office, supporting the FX traders.

At this stage, I started to think of ways to increase my chances of getting a good job once I eventually moved out of Banking. Doing a CIMA qualification was the obvious choice for me, as it allowed me to change into a new, more highly paid role in Merrill Lynch, doing Product Control (reporting on the Profit and Loss of the FX Traders). I also knew that getting an Accounting Qualification would present good opportunities for my future, and allow me to move into different industries, away from Investment Banking.

After 6 years in Merrill Lynch, and about 10 years in Investment Banking, I moved back to Dublin and started at the ESB in Group Treasury as a Treasury Executive in March 2008.

Hint: ESB

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