Outside the office

A traineeship at the European Commission is much more than just a professional experience. Each batch of trainees organises a huge range of non-formal learning, social activities, from football to wine-tasting and much in between - in true bureaucratic fashion, each with its own organising committee. There are usually 40-50 of such activities to choose from.

The main social committee is the Trainees' Committee, which organises parties and social events in Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the most popular events are the Job Fair, which is meant to help you work out your next steps in your professional life, and the prestigious Euroball.

Ich wuchs in einem Land des ehemaligen real existierenden Sozialismus auf; meine Familie gehörte der Mittelschicht an. Als wir aber anfingen, ins westliche Ausland zu reisen, war die erhebliche Kluft bei Kaufkraft und Wohlstand nicht zu übersehen, was verständlicherweise leichte Minderwertigkeitsgefühle gegenüber den Leuten im Westen verursachte.

Maciej Jastrzebiec-Pyszynski
Eurostat