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25/03/2010 00:00:00

One of the major benefits for British citizens of being in the EU is the ease with which they can now go and work around Europe but unfortunately not enough of us, unlike our fellow Europeans, take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

So if you're looking for a graduate job with a good starting salary, varied and rewarding career prospects and foreign travel, why not think about working for the European Union? The EU institutions* are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic graduates interested in a public sector career. The current recruitment round closes on 15 April, and is based on a new system of selection, very similar to, and in part based on, many British graduate recruitments.

All you need to apply are:

- A completed bachelors degree of any class

- Knowledge of French or German, though no need to be fluent

- Citizenship of one of the 27 EU Member States

All applicants are invited to take a series of aptitude tests (numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning and situational judgement). Those with the best scores will 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.

    Most of these jobs are based in Brussels, a mere 2 hours away from London by train, and well-connected to other parts of the UK. More significantly living in Brussels and Luxembourg makes the whole of Europe very accessible. Imagine a weekend trip to Rome, Madrid or Paris with a travel time of a couple of hours or less- and often very cheap flights!

    First language English speakers are always needed in the EU, with around 70% of drafting carried out in English. The UK is currently underrepresented in the EU's civil service, and this looks set to continue to be the case, with less than 2% of the applications received so far for this round currently coming from the UK.

    The European Commission's head of media in the UK, Antonia Mochan, who has had a 15 year career, covering a number of different policy areas, is available for interviews (written and audiovisual) on this subject.

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.

    * European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Ministers of the European Union and various other agencies and bodies

    Last update: 30/10/2010  |Top