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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 Mark Maguire from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:
|The advice I would give is firstly talk to someone you may know that is already in the trade and ask them any questions that you may have or ask them about some of there first hand experiences.
Another good piece of advice would be to go onto YouTube and search some basic electrics, keep in mind that these are the kind of things that you will face when you go to the college phases of your apprenticeship . There are books and e-books that can be purchased to get an understanding.
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Catherine Day, Secretary General
Catherine Day is Secretary General of the European Commission. She studied Economics and Politics at UCD. Her job is located in Brussels where she works together with all twenty eight EU states on policies. Her job is centered in a very stimulating multi-national environment.
I took a broad range of subjects in my Leaving Cert. I did a little bit of Science, Languages and History in order to keep my options open.
I went to school in Mount Anville and from there I went to UCD to study Economics and Politics.
I studied French, German and Italian at school and this was very important as we work in French, German and English at the Commission. It’s good for your European colleagues to know you are making the effort in their language.
I have developed my skills through the range of industries I have worked in within the EU, in the Industry Department on competition, and in External Relations. I also worked on Environment Policy and then with three separate Commissioners, all giving me the broad knowledge I needed to prepare me for taking top job as Secretary General.