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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:
|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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Jonathan Pugsley, Energy Manager
Jonathan Pugsley is the Energy Manager for Masonite Ireland. He holds an Honours Degree in Metallurgy from Brunel University. His main task is to continually improve any system within the company as part of a Lean Six Sigma culture.
Science Subjects: Maths, Physics, Biology, Tech drawing, Chemistry - I loved these and they are very applicable for my current career path.
Data analysis and problem solving - it's all about number crunching at the end of the day when working on technical problems.
Arts, English, English Literature and French are subjects I was never really interested in at school, but have become more interested in the last 10 years, as they are very useful for communication purposes, and that is now a very big part of my job.
O Levels: Maths, Physics, Biology, Tech Drawing, English, French, Chemistry.
A Levels: Maths, Physics, Biology
Metallurgy Honours Degree (Sandwich type course, six months in University followed by six months in work placements)
Mountain Leader (Leadership Skills, First Aid etc)
Energy Management -- SEAI Ireland
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Ireland - (Project Management Systems)
Lean six Sigma Black Belt, USA - (Project Management Systems)
The most important aspects of my education have been the science based subjects but, having said that, the amount of team work and communications skills used increases all the time.
It is very important to have a balanced education and not to forget the arts based subjects such as languages and drawing etc.
Presentation skills are vitally important as they are the first thing that a prospective employer will see from you, a first impression is just that.
Yes, it is very important to continue with upskilling throughout your career. In the last few years I have started to learn and use new-found skills based aroung lean six sigma principles.
Throughout my career I have been fortunate to take a number of specialised training courses that have benfitted both the company and I.
Energy Management Pumping systems, Time Management, Intensive French, Health and Safety, Remote Emergency Care, Lean Six Sigma (Green and Black Belt), to name only a few.
I would like to go on to do an MBA in the future when kids leave home and I have more time available to study.