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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Biological Oceanographer
Caroline Cusack

Caroline Cusack
Chemical Oceanographer
Triona McGrath

Triona McGrath
Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
David O'Sullivan

David O'Sullivan
Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Bernie Ní Chongaile

Bernie Ní Chongaile
Nephrops Team
Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle
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Our Vision: "a thriving maritime economy in harmony with the ecosystem and supported by the delivery of excellence in our services."

Our Vision: "a thriving maritime economy in harmony with the ecosystem and supported by the delivery of excellence in our services."

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Meet our People...
"I collect sea water samples from different parts of the coast and the deep ocean."
Chemical Oceanographer
Triona McGrath
"Once we know where the habitats are we can study the animals that live there."
Marine Biologist and Geoscientist
David O'Sullivan
"I work about 30% outdoors and 70% in the office."
Nephrops Team
Jennifer Doyle
"I work with scientific teams from Europe, Canada and the United States on exciting projects like the GO-SHIP transatlantic survey."
Biological Oceanographer
Caroline Cusack
"My favourite part of the job is meeting the scientists and learning all about the different types of interesting surveys they do."
Administration Assistant in RV Ops
Bernie Ní Chongaile

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The Marine Institute is the State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

The Institute carries out environmental, fisheries, and aquaculture surveys and monitoring programmes to meet Ireland’s national and international legal requirements. The Institute provides scientific and technical advice to government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resource.

The Marine Institute also carries out research, strategic funding programmes, and national marine research platforms in support of the development of Ireland’s maritime economy.

The Marine Institute has a staff of approximately 200 people employed in areas such as research, science, technology, data management and analytics, international and European affairs, business development, marketing, promotion and public administration. Services are provided to industry, the public and government.

The Marine Institute staff work across a wide range of areas including:

  • Aquaculture
  • Business Development
  • Fish Health
  • Fisheries & Ecosystems
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Marine Environment
  • Marine technology & Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Renewable Ocean Energy
  • Seabed Mapping
  • Seafood Safety
  • Shipping, Maritime Services & Ports

For more information visit the Marine Institute website here.

Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO)  

The IMDO, a group within the Marine Institute, is the Irish government agency which provides support to national and international maritime businesses in Ireland. The IMDO provides government and industry with a range of information and reporting across the sector and works with maritime businesses to help them set-up or expand in Ireland. The IMDO is also Ireland’s designated Shortsea Shipping Agency and provides independent advice and guidance on EU funding initiatives.