Elms Fulbright Lands Job With European Union
To say Pádraic Déiseach likes to travel would be an understatement. The native of Ireland has been to most of Western Europe (France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Britain), some of the largest cities in America (Boston, New York, San Francisco, Providence, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Phoenix), and spent a year as a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at Elms College. So where does a well-traveled man such as Pádraic find a job as the academic year at Elms comes to an end? The European Union in Brussels, Belgium of course.
Pádraic 's undergraduate degree was in Irish language and translation studies. "In Ireland, degrees are more specialized then they are here, so you kind of choose from the start what you want to do," he said. Later, he received his master's degree in Irish and communications. Unsure of what he wanted to do, but knowing he wanted to travel, Pádraic began applying to international programs, including the European Union and the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.
The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, invited Pádraic to a series of tests that all potential candidates go through. Since there were no openings at the time, he was placed on a reserve list. Eventually, Pádraic was named a Fulbright Irish Language Instructor at Elms College and found a new home in Chicopee, Massachusetts. However, in January of 2012, the European Commission contacted Pádraic about a position and he flew out to Brussels during spring break. Several weeks ago, he received and accepted their offer to work in the Irish language unit. He will be translating and editing legislation and other documents for the web and print.
"It's a great opportunity. A job with the EU is a really good position to get. It's such a powerful organization," Pádraic said.
Although Pádraic will miss Elms College, he looks forward to new opportunities and a new life in Brussels.