The Faculty of Law opened the door to the business world in Dublin
Watch the story of Julijana Delač, our student from Croatia, who lives and works in Ireland today
Pan-European University Apeiron was my choice mostly because of the degree which, as its name suggests, is recognized throughout Europe. I financed my studies then by working in an accounting office, acquiring my financial knowledge partly at work, partly at university. After I graduated and obtained a bachelor's degree in law, i.e. degree in law, I moved to Ireland. Although my knowledge of English was already at a high level thanks to my previous education, it is difficult to perfect a business foreign language without additional practice and education. My first job was in the hospitality industry where I honed my conversational English with the hosts with a strong Irish accent and with that I began to explore the possibilities of a more "serious" career. I realized that as a lawyer it is difficult for me to look for a job, even though it is an EU member state, Common Law is still very much represented here, as well as the condition that legal activity can only be performed by a person who speaks the native Irish language, i.e. Gaelic. Given that I did not see my opportunity in that field, I found out that with additional education, I could possibly work as a "Legal Secretary", which is a lawyer's secretary who should have complete knowledge of the Irish legal system, and that is a job that is very well paid and highly respected.
In the meantime, I discovered that bookkeeping is actually one of the most valued and sought after because - few people like bookkeeping, but everyone needs it. As a job from my student days, it was extremely interesting to me and I decided to find a way to incorporate that activity here. I completed a short course in the basics of bookkeeping in order to master the terminology, and that's when my search for the right job began. Very quickly, I received an invitation to an interview from an employment agency, where they let me know that the mere fact that I graduated from a recognized law school was enough to distinguish me from the sea of candidates, especially since I indicated in my resume which fields I covered - along with all professional legal subjects, domestic and international, also economics, philosophy, history, sociology, informatics and foreign languages. Another advantage for me was my expressed desire to progress in that area, which I demonstrated by attending an additional course, as well as the stated plan to continue my education by enrolling in ACCA studies. The third was previous work experience, which is always an advantage, but not a condition when applying for the so-called junior or trainee trainee positions. Two rounds of interviews led me to my current position as an accountant trainee, where I am honing my knowledge for further education and, despite everything, I am preparing to finish my master's studies at Apeiron in the near future. When enrolling at the world-renowned ACCA, even two courses are recognized with a master's degree from the Pan-European University "Apeiron", related to "company law", which is a great recognition for the institution as well as a significant financial relief.
So, to summarize, until the moment you come to Ireland and decide to find a good job in the field you are interested in, it is advisable to enroll in any course, online or at one of their many faculties, a workshop, an internship. It is also advisable to find any job at the beginning, in order to improve your communication skills and learn some of the desired phrases, because here "small talk" is especially important when getting to know each other and making a good impression. Positive approach to work and "I can do" attitude to tasks. Put a lot of emphasis on education in the resume, because sometimes after the student obligations are over and the diploma is on the wall, it is easy to forget how impressive it is to overcome all those steps, and many employers out there are eager to hear what qualities and knowledge we bring with us from our homeland, and often they are much more complex and useful than the education that people have in the West.