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Free Career Workshop in Ireland

Studying at EC is not just about learning English. You can also acquire valuable experience for your future. We offer free workshops in all our schools and some of these focus on career prospects. For advice on CVs and interviews, come to the free lessons held once a month in your school or speak to a member of the academic team.


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What can you expect on this course?

Information about finding work in Ireland

Who is allowed to work?

To work in Ireland you must be:

  • An Irish Citizen
  • An EEA citizen
  • A Swiss national 
  • Have a Work/Study visa (8 months)

EEA countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Where are jobs advertised?

  • Local papers often carry adverts for jobs in the ‘classified ads'.
  • Job agencies: To find local agencies near the school, ask at reception or search online.
  • Employment Services Centres: These are government-run centres which help people find work. Please see here.
  • Many cafes or bars advertise job vacancies with a sign in the window.
  • Online sites: To find online job-seeking sites, ask at reception or see below.

Online job-seeking sites:

What is a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number?
If you’re employed, you pay tax on your wages through a system called Pay As You Earn (PAYE). Your employer uses this system to deduct contributions and tax from your wages before you are paid. Your Personal Public Service (PPS) number is a unique reference number that helps you access social welfare benefits, public services and information in Ireland.

Before you can be allocated a PPS number, you must show that you need one. For example, if you are starting a job, you need a PPS number to register with the Revenue Commissioners. However, looking for work is not a transaction with a specified body and employers should not look for your PPS number when recruiting. An employer should only seek a PPS number if you actually start working with the organisation.

To apply for a PPS number in Ireland, you will first need to register with MyGovID and make an appointment online with MyWelfare.

For your appointment, you will need to bring:

  • Confirmation of the appointment time
  • Valid passport
  • Evidence of address: (you can ask at reception for a letter from the school, or use a utility bill or bank statement).

If you have any questions, you can fill out an enquiry form here.

Other useful information:
PPS number information

  • Over the age of 18 with more than 2 years since first job: €9.55 per hour.
  • Over the age of 18 with less than 1 year since began first job: €7.64 per hour.
  • Over the age of 19 with less than 2 years since first job: €8.60 per hour.
  • Under the age of 18: €6.69 per hour.