On this section, you will find the reflections and opinions that former trainees have decided to share
Data is taken from satisfactions surveys conducted at the end of each traineeship session.
About the testimonials
These reflections of the Commission trainees have been shared with us through the end-of-traineeship satisfaction surveys during last sessions. Some former trainees decided to mention their name and DG where they were doing their traineeship, some have focused on their impressions without giving more details.
We fully respect their views and we are happy that they wanted to share their opinion with all of us. Thank you guys!
Blue Book Traineeship at the European Commission is a terrific opportunity to understand how EU's unique institutional set-up works, connect with people from all over the world, and develop valuable skills for any future career path. I was integrated well into the Unit, given a lot of responsibility and worked closely with the other EU institutions and EU Delegation. In the end of the traineeship, we were a few trainees who travelled to one of the Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy countries to see what the EU office and other international organisations are doing on the ground. The five month flew by very quickly, however I managed to develop many valuable skills, grow both professionally and personally and develop great friendships.
The Blue Book Traineeship is like an Erasmus semester - just with less party and more work. I still recommend it!
"Time flies when you're having fun" one says. Well, the five-month Traineeship passed by really quickly. It is a great opportunity to work with people from all over Europe and beyond; to learn how the European institutions function in practice; and to develop skills you didn't know you had. And after work, there is still plenty of time to enjoy all the activities and events Brussels has to offer. A Traineeship at the European Commission, a stepping stone towards the future.
A traineeship in DGT means literally a full-time job in translation. If you don't know if translation suits you, you will find out here. Anyway, there comes a moment in this "unrepeatable experience" when you find out what you want to do further, what defines you the most. This traineeship invites you and makes you leave your comfort zone. Même pour ça, ça vaut le coup!
This is absolutely life changing experience, definitely best in my life!
To justify my opinion, I need to start with the dark time of applying, when I was unemployed first in UK, then in Poland, feeling miserable and looking for an opportunity to change my live and move abroad again. And I honestly thought that the Commission doesn't need someone like me - with photography, graphic and journalists background, which I did trying to find my career path. Then I got in, left Poland (even though I was scared of flying and didn't know a person in Brussels).
How was my 5 months journey? Stunning, best, amazing! First thing: the people. Europeans, who make friends and help very easily. I've met best people in my life, opened up a lot, stated being sociable and enjoyed getting engaged more and more in different projects.
Work was amazing - first time I am happy to go to work. My colleagues and supervisors were friendly, helpful, warm people, treating me as equal part of the team. Not to mention working culture and development I experienced. I managed to get to the Unit I fit very well into, and that matches my skills. Here I am, doing what I like, love and I am passionate about. And it is my everyday work!
This is the eye-opening experience. I gained friendships for life. Grew as a person. And managed to change my life for good. I guess I am a very happy person now, every minute was worth it. Thank you, whoever made it possible for me!
The 5 months are what you make of them, but you will definitely not regret them. You make friends from all over Europe and beyond, exploring together what it means to be a European public servant. You take on many responsibilities and make a contribution to European policy making by applying your specific background to real world problems concerning over 500 million Europeans. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life!
This experience has really changed my life.
I didn't only get to see how the day-to-day work is done by translators at the Commission, but I also got to know a lot of new friends from all over Europe.
You grow as a person and if you want you can travel around in a beautiful part of Europe. Be engaged in the activities and enjoy - it's an experience of a life time!
This Traineeship is of course a great chance to learn how the European Commission works, how collaboration with other institutions is organised and how European policies are being shaped.
However, the most exciting aspect of these five months are people around - colleagues from the Commission and fellow trainees.
In my whole life I have never been among so many bright and intelligent people ready to share their experiences and knowledge! It was a unique, empowering and inspiring, environment.
After ending up in an agency rather than the DG I applied for, I am proof that this doesn't matter at all - you can still learn so much, including about yourself, and there are so many ways to get involved in the life of the EU and the Commission outside of work hours.
Overall, this was a fantastic opportunity, and 5 months has flown by.
Working at EASME has been the perfect chance to thrive as a professional.
Being in contact with highly specialised experts in a multifaceted and stimulating environment is what I learnt to value the most.
I refined my skills, experienced the Institutional life and enriched myself thanks to my welcoming colleagues: it was definitely an uplifting experience.