Your EU Career Explained

Posted On November 22, 2021

As graduation ceremonies commence, students in their final year may be wondering what possible opportunities await them. An interesting and dynamic opportunity for students is potential employment with an EU institution or an EU agency. The European Personal Selection Office (EPSO) aids in the selection procedure for such career opportunities. Moreover, EPSO seeks to select students in whichever area they are studying.

Before the applying a few requirements must be adhered to, as the candidate applying must be a citizen of the European Union; must know at least two EU official languages, one of which must be English, French, or German; and the applicant must have a university degree. Therefore, anyone with a degree, regardless of what the degree may be, can apply for any position and is indeed encouraged to do so. In addition, it is necessary for the student to be ready to work in a multicultural environment, travel for work and most importantly shape Europe. Moreover, when employed by an EU institution or agency, training courses are available during working hours to help familiarise new individuals.

For a student to begin their EU career, there is a selection procedure which includes a competition split into three stages. The first stage is the pre-selection stage, wherein the candidates’ verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning skills are evaluated through computer-based testing. The second stage consists of an intermediate test, related specifically to the occupation being applied for.  The third stage requires the candidate to go to the assessment centre in Belgium where several different tests will be carried out. Alternatively, testing may be done virtually. Such tests may include an oral presentation or a motivational interview, depending on the position applied for. At the end of the selection process, successful candidates will be put on a list which allow recruiting officials of the institution or agency to send for that candidate and begin their contract of employment. Details as to which tests would need to be completed can be found on the official website of ESPO.

As a result of EPSO being tasked with recruitment, they have appointed students from different universities around the EU to be their ambassadors and communicate such EU career opportunities. For this academic year, the EU Careers Student Ambassador for the University of Malta is Ms Michaela Giglio.

Written by Michaela Giglio

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