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Ever thought of working for the EU? These Irish people do and they think it's great

.The EU is looking for more Irish staff.


A NEW CAMPAIGN is calling on Irish people to give more consideration to working for the EU.

The video campaign “Irish Voices – EU Careers” highlights a number of Irish staff working in Brussels. Along with CareersPortal.ie, the European Movement in Ireland is calling on Irish people to give consideration to going to the Belgian capital for work.

One of those interviewed is the Secretary General of the European Commission Catherine Day, who has been with the Commission for 20 years. She says that Brussels as a city is similar to Dublin.

“We work very hard, but we also have very good working conditions.

“It’s a similar size to Dublin so it wasn’t a big disruption to move here. I like living on the continent because it makes travel so much easier when you can just get in your car and drive to another country. I also like the multi-national environment because it’s permanently stimulating.”

She says that anyone thinking of making the move should give it a go, but to remember that a second language is crucial.

“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.”

Interpreter Breda Ní Mhaoláin says that the best thing about the job is “that I can go to different countries through my work”.

Kevin Keary is a parliamentary assistant to MEP Séan Kelly. He says that being a multi-tasker is vital, but working in small businesses would also help.

“Working in a small business would be an ideal background for this position because it’s very people orientated – You’re constantly dealing with people on the phone or via e-mail. You’re also expected to give a good service to people with queries. I worked in a small business when I was in University and I think it gave me good skills to have that service-mindedness in this job.”

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