A career in the European Union institutions
What is an EU career?
EU serves over 505 million citizens, so you can expect a wide range of career options, all with the chance to make a real and lasting difference; for final-year students and graduates, entry-level positions are offered in various fields, from law to economics or languages, as well as more general policy or project management roles. You could be drafting legislation, helping to implement EU law, developing communication strategies, or managing projects and resources.
Where are EU careers based?
Working for the EU means working for one of the EU Institutions, such as the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union or the European Commission. Most of the EU Institutions are located in Brussels or Luxembourg, where you would live and work in an international environment.
How to apply?
You would need to prove that you have strong analytical, organisational and communication skills, a drive to deliver the best possible results, the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural team, and a potential for leadership and personal development. Candidates are selected through a process of open competition, consisting of the following steps:
- a first round of computer-based tests in centres throughout the EU;
- an assessment centre exercise in Brussels or Luxembourg for the best performers of the first round;
- applicants with the highest scores are added to a database ("the reserve list") from which the EU Institutions recruit; this means that you may be selected for a job interview at one of the EU institutions.
The main graduate recruitment cycle normally opens in the spring, but all of the EU institutions offer paid graduate traineeships throughout the year – a great way to gain a first taste of your future EU career.
Where to start?
Visit the official site to find out about current EU job opportunities and should you have further questions on this do not hesitate to ask them via the EPSO blog. Also note that the EU is also regularly looking for temporary staff in order to perform specialised or temporary tasks; keep an eye on the temporary staff vacancies and get updated on current opportunities.