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16 March: the starting point for a career with the EU
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Published on 16-03-11

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is launching today its annual competition for career opportunities with the European institutions  (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers of the European Union and various other agencies and bodies). The competition is open to EU citizens from all member states. To apply, all you need is any class of bachelor's degree completed by 31 July 2011 and knowledge of French or German. This means that for the first time undergraduates in their final year are also eligible.

A further change for this year's selection procedure is that a key part of the assessment process will now be available in all 23 of the official EU languages. For 2011 there will also be a split between applications for recent graduates and for those with professional experience- allowing those who have at least six years experience in their field to enter at a higher level.

    16 March: the starting point for a career with the EU

    With around 70% of drafting carried out in English, first language English speakers are in high demand in the EU institutions. In the last round of recruitment, UK citizens made up less than 1.5% of applicants, and just seven were successful. Under-representation of Britons within the EU civil service is a growing problem, and that’s why the UK Government has been running a campaign to increase the number of British citizens applying to work for the EU.

    The application process runs in three stages – an online registration, pre-selection computer-based tests and a day in an assessment centre. The candidates first register online and once the online application form has been accepted, they take a series of computer-based cognitive tests (numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning, and situational judgement tests). The first three tests will be available in all 23 EU official languages and candidates can sit them in their main language.

    Those with the best scores will then be invited to an assessment centre in the autumn, and anyone who gets through could be starting their new career by the beginning of next year.

    Overall the 2011 selection procedure will be aiming to identify around 300 successful candidates to become new EU officials, serving the interests of over 500 million citizens across Europe. The competition is accessible via the EPSO website.  The registration period closes at midday CET on 14 April 2011.

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