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Irish People in the EU

There are Irish people working throughout every level of the European Union, in addition to those working in the Irish Representations of the Commission and the Parliament.

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Dervla O'Shea
Local Career Guidance Officer in the Directorate General for Justice, Freedom and Security

Originally from Newbridge, Co Kildare.

About your job: To provide professional development of Commission staff (qualification, motivation, matching to the job, adaptability to new requirements.
To co-ordinate the preparation of meetings, workshops, seminars and other events. Stressful, trying to accomplish all I have to in the hours I have, but it's Eustress - stress that is healthy or gives a feeling of fulfilment.

Why the EU? I didn't intend to I joined as a Secretary to the Assistant of the Director General of Employment. In time I developed skills, competencies and a promotion.

How do you think Ireland has benefited most from the EU? Funding from regional development - infrastructure Economic challenges and opportunities Tourism

Based: Brussels

Languages: English - mother tongue
French - School, internal Language training course in the Commission, networking
Spanish - internal Language training course in the Commission, networking

Books/Music: Who moved my cheese - a motivational book. When you come to see "The Handwriting on the Wall," you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in work and in life.
Katie Melua just love it !