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my role
My Role
  • To promote EU Careers
  • Point of contact in Durham
  • To post relevant information via Facebook
  • Email:
choose eu careers
Choose EU Careers





Court of Justice

Ctte of Regions

Court of Auditors

Economic &Social Ctte

Data ProtectionSupervisor

… and many otheragencies of the EU

why eu careers
Why EU Careers?

A career with the EU Institutions gives you:

  • A lifetime of different jobs
  • Interesting and challenging work that makes a real difference for Europe
  • An environment where you are encouraged to learn new skills and languages
  • The opportunity to work and travel abroad, and work with people from all over Europe
  • An attractive benefits package
what is an eu career
What is an EU career?

Two categories of staff – wide variety of profiles:

  • Administrators (AD)e.g. policy officers, lawyers, auditors, scientific officers, translators, interpreters, communication & press officers …
  • Assistants (AST)e.g. secretaries, HR assistants, financial assistants, conference technicians, accountants, ICT specialists…
what they look for
What they look for
  • Best candidates across Europe
  • Motivation to work for Europe
  • Strong analytical, organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to adapt easily to a variety of environments and stakeholders
do you have what it takes
Do you have what it takes?
  • You would like to use and enhance your language abilities
  • You have the drive to deliver results and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural team
  • You are eager to learn and develop your knowledge and skills
how to apply
How to apply

Single point of entry:

European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)

Entry is by open competition

Notice of Competition published in Official Journal of European Union, also available via

Organised in annual cycles for general profiles

More specialised profiles “on demand”

Apply online at:

EPSO selects candidates

Selection procedure = 5-9 months

Institutions recruit from selected candidates

when to apply
When to apply



Assessment Centre


Registration +



Registration +


Assessment Centre

CBT / professional

linguistic skills test -

CV sift








Registration +




2010 cycles
2010 cycles
  • November/December 2010: Assistant competition
  • March 2011: Administrator competition
  • July 2011: Linguist competition
current competitions
Current Competitions
  • The 2011 graduate 'administrator' selection procedure will open on 16th March.
  • This year we will be selecting within the following six fields:-European Public Administration-Law-Economics-Audit-Finance-Statistics
where to apply
Where to apply

who can apply basic requirements
Who can apply – basic requirements

Citizens of the 27 Member States

Knowing at least 2 official EU languages

Currently 2nd language must be EN, FR or DE

who can apply qualifications
Who can apply - qualifications

For Administrator grades:

University degree (bachelor)

For Assistant grades:

Higher secondary education (at least)

Relevant professional experience

NB: Specific requirements for each competition – see Notice of Competition

competition structure general overview
Competition structure – general overview

> 50,000applicants

  • 1. Admission Tests (CBT)– multiple-choice tests in EN, FR or DE – cognitive abilities
  • – test centre in Edinburgh or London
  • – all applicants
  • 2. Assessment Centre
  • – EPSO assessment centre in Brussels
  • – competency-based
  • – fixed quota
  • 3. Reserve list
    • – fixed quota
  • See Notice of Competition for details


1 : 3

< 300successful

computer based tests overview
Computer based tests - overview

Verbal reasoning

Numerical reasoning

Abstract reasoning

Situational judgement

AST: Professional skills

Linguists: Language skills

(EU knowledge is no longer tested)

in second language (English, French or German)

assessment centre
Assessment Centre

Depending on the competition:

  • Case study in the field in question
  • Exercises relating to professional skills
  • Oral presentation
  • Structured interview
  • Group exercises
  • Practical language tests
conclusion reserve list
Conclusion - Reserve list

List of successful candidates

Basis for recruitment by Institutions

Valid for at least one year – may be extended

No guarantee of a job…

eu careers recruitment process
EU Careers – recruitment process
  • Institutions check profiles of successful candidates
  • Candidates invited to job interviews
  • Job offer
  • Candidate accepts job offer, or remains on reserve list
eu careers the whole package
EU Careers – the whole package
  • An environment where you are encouraged to learn new skills and languages:
    • Strong focus on training and development
    • Language training encouraged(3rd language required for 1st promotion)
  • Flexible working conditions:
    • Flexitime, part-time, telework, parental leave, career breaks …
  • A great package of benefits:
    • Salary, allowances, pension, European Schools, childcare facilities
other employment possibilities
Other employment possibilities

Temporary staff: temporary agents

Contract staff: contract agents

Traineeships (5 months)

Seconded national experts (typically 1-2 years)

Interim Staff (6 months, drawn from local agencies)

Commission Ambassadors: Training Seminar

more profiles and eu tube
More profiles and EU-tube
  • Follow Durham EU Careers Facebook page:
  • General EU Careers Facebook:
  • Follow our “raconteurs” (blogging about their lives in the EU institutions)on:
    • ....
  • Read profiles/watch videos of officials in the EU institutions:

  • Watch a video about EU Careers:

All accessible via