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EU Careers



Presentation @ Europe Direct in Antwerp, Belgium. Contains: - info about selection procedures - test examples

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EU Careers Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Europe Direct Antwerp 25 September 2010 http://www.twitter.com/Dana_Council http://www.facebook.com/me.you.eu
  • 2. Why EU Careers?
    • A career with the EU Institutions gives you:
    • A lifetime of different jobs
    • Interesting and challenging work that makes a real difference for Europe
    • An environment where you are encouraged to learn new skills and languages
    • The opportunity to work and travel abroad, and work with people from all over Europe
    • An attractive benefits package
  • 3. Choose EU Careers Council … and many other agencies of the EU European Council Who wants to work for a company when you can work for the whole of Europe? Commission Parliament Court of Justice Court of Auditors Economic & Social Ctte Ctte of Regions Ombudsman Data Protection Supervisor
  • 4.
    • Follow the EU Careers “raconteurs” (blogging about their lives in the EU institutions) on:
      • http://www.facebook.com/page/EUCareers ....
      • http://twitter.com/EUCareers
    • Read profiles/watch videos of officials in the EU institutions:
      • http://europa.eu/epso/discover/careers/meet_our_colleagues/index_en.htm
    • All accessible via
    • http://eu-careers.eu/
    How can you prepare while having fun at it?
  • 5. What is an EU career ?
    • Two categories of staff – wide variety of profiles:
    • Administrators (AD) e.g. policy officers, lawyers, auditors, scientific officers, translators, interpreters, communication & press officers …
    • Assistants (AST) e.g. secretaries, HR assistants, financial assistants, conference technicians …
  • 6. What we look for
    • Best candidates across Europe
    • Motivation to work for Europe
    • Strong analytical, organisational and communication skills
    • Ability to adapt easily to a variety of environments and stakeholders
  • 7. Do you have what it takes?
    • You would like to use and enhance your language abilities
    • You have the drive to deliver results and the ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural team
    • You are eager to learn and develop your knowledge and skills
  • 8. Analysis and Problem Solving You identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • 9. Communicating You communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • 10. Delivering Quality and Results You take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • 11. Learning and Development You develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • 12. Prioritising and Organising You prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly and organise your own workload efficiently
  • 13. Resilience You remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively and adapt to a changing work environment
  • 14. Working with Others You work co-operatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people
  • 15. Leadership You manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results
  • 16. How to apply
    • Single point of entry:
      • European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
    • Entry is by open competition
      • Notice of Competition published in Official Journal of European Union, also available via www.eu-careers.eu
    • Organised in annual cycles for general profiles
      • More specialised profiles “on demand”
    • Apply online at: www. eu-careers.eu
    • EPSO selects candidates
      • Selection procedure = 5-9 months
    • Institutions recruit from selected candidates
  • 17. When to apply Registration + Self-assessment CBT Assessment Centre Recruitment AD December March June September Registration + Self-assessment CBT / professional linguistic skills test - CV sift Recruitment Assessment Centre ADL AST Registration + Self-assessment CBT Assessment Recruitment
  • 18. Where to apply www.eu-careers.eu
  • 19.  
  • 20. The competition
  • 21. Who can apply – basic requirements
    • Citizens of the 27 Member States
    • Knowing at least 2 official EU languages
      • Currently 2 nd language must be EN, FR or DE
  • 22. Who can apply - qualifications
    • For Administrator grades:
    • University degree (bachelor)
    • For Assistant grades:
    • Higher secondary education (at least)
    • Relevant professional experience
    • NB: Specific requirements for each competition – see Notice of Competition
  • 23. Competition structure – general overview > 50,000 applicants < 300 successful typically 1 : 3
    • 1. Admission Tests (CBT) – multiple-choice tests in EN, FR or DE – cognitive abilities
    • – test centre in your country
    • – all applicants
    • 2. Assessment Centre
    • – EPSO assessment centre in Brussels
    • – competency-based
    • 3. Reserve list
      • – fixed quota
    • See Notice of Competition for details
  • 24. Computer based tests - overview
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Numerical reasoning
    • Abstract reasoning (new)
    • Situational judgement (new – non-eliminatory)
    • AST: Professional skills
    • Linguists: Language skills
    • (EU knowledge is no longer tested)
    • in second language (English, French or German)
  • 25. Verbal Reasoning - Example
  • 26. Verbal Reasoning - Example
  • 27. Numerical Reasoning - Example
  • 28. Numerical Reasoning - Example
  • 29. Abstract reasoning (sample question)
  • 30. Situational judgement (sample question)
  • 31. Assessment Centre
    • Depending on the competition:
    • Case study in the field in question
    • Exercises relating to professional skills
    • Oral presentation
    • Structured interview
    • Group exercises
    • Practical language tests
    • Verbal/numerical/abstract reasoning and situational judgement tests
  • 32.  
  • 33. Conclusion - Reserve list
    • List of successful candidates + “competency passport”
    • Basis for recruitment by Institutions
    • Valid for at least one year – may be extended
    • No guarantee of a job…
  • 34. EU Careers – recruitment process
    • Institutions check profiles of successful candidates
    • Candidates invited to job interviews
    • Job offer
    • Candidate accepts job offer, or remains on reserve list
  • 35. EU Careers – the whole package
    • An environment where you are encouraged to learn new skills and languages:
      • Strong focus on training and development
      • Language training encouraged (3rd language required for 1st promotion)
    • Flexible working conditions:
      • Flexitime, part-time, telework, parental leave, career breaks …
    • A great package of benefits:
      • Salary, allowances, pension, European Schools, childcare facilities
  • 36. Other employment possibilities
    • Temporary staff: temporary agents
    • Contract staff: contract agents
    • Traineeships (5 months)
    • Seconded national experts (typically 1-2 years)
    • Interim Staff (6 months, drawn from local agencies)
    • http://europa.eu/epso/discover/careers/staff_categories/index_en.htm
    Commission Ambassadors: Training Seminar
  • 37. More information, questions … www.eu-careers.eu