Given the sheer size and the wide range of functions required, there are many and varied occupations employed across the Institutions of the EU.
Careers within the European Union are open to people from all educational backgrounds: Secondary School Education, Post-secondary Education and University Education
The European Union functions through its 11 Institutions, with the support of numerous Agencies and other bodies located around Europe.
If you are finishing school, going on to do further study and would like to work for the EU, you should keep up your language skills as the majority of traineeships and permanent roles require two EU languages.
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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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.
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