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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Organisation Profile - Department of Education and Skills

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Department of Education and Skills 

Department of Education and Skills


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Primary School Teacher
Deirdre Sayers

Deirdre Sayers
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle

Padraig Parle
School Principal
Paul Meany

Paul Meany
Resource Teacher
Paul Galvan

Paul Galvan
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard

Brian Howard
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott

Aoife Mc Dermott
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan

Brian Cadigan
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce

Mary Joyce
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Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

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Meet our People...
"The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation"
School Principal
Paul Meany
"A lot of organisation goes with delivering a PE lesson as you must take into consideration equipment, location and safety issues"
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce
"I feel I am good at dealing with people and teaching is all about human interaction"
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan
"Last year our school did very well in our Whole School Evaluation. Whenever I receive positive feedback from an inspector, I feel a combination of relief and pride"
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle
"While I work hard, I do so in my own office, organise my own time, and am free to do so once I do my job well."
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott
"there is great satisfaction from helping young people make important decisions on their journey through school life"
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard

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The principle functions of the Department are outlined in its Mission Statement.

"The mission of the Department of Education and Skills is to provide high-quality education, which will:

  • Enable individuals to achieve their full potential and to participate fully as members of society and
  • Contribute to Ireland’s social, cultural and economic development.”

In pursuit of this mission, the Department has the following high-level goals:

  • To promote equity and inclusion.
  • To promote quality outcomes.
  • To promote lifelong learning.
  • To plan for education that is relevant to personal, social, cultural and economic needs.
  • To enhance the capacity of the Department of Education and Skills for service delivery, policy formulation, research and evaluation.

In support of these high-level goals, the Department is engaged in a wide range of activities covering the key elements of policy planning, quality assurance, resourcing, regulation and evaluation, as well as providing a broad range of support services for the education sector.