PRESS RELEASE: Job Opportunities for Graduates within the EU Institutions

Dublin, April 2017: In final year of your Bachelor’s degree or just graduated?  Looking to start an exciting new career?  The EU Institutions are currently recruiting motivated new graduates from any discipline to fill more than 120 new permanent roles across all fields of work.

The role offers the perfect start to a stimulating career where you’ll get the chance to work on the issues of the day and help shape the future of the EU.  You’ll need to be smart, driven, multi-lingual and keen to start a new life in Brussels or Luxembourg.  You’ll work in an international environment, surrounded by multi-national colleagues, and be offered numerous training opportunities to improve your professional and linguistic skills.

This is the first general graduate recruitment drive for administrators in the EU Institutions in two years, and the deadline to apply is Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 11.00am (Irish time).  These recruitment drives, known as competitions or concours in French, are organised by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).  Administrators (AD) play very important roles in the EU Institutions, within a team, particularly as regards policy development and delivery, and resource management.  The field in which administrators carry out these tasks is dependent on which Institution recruits them.  The current competition is looking to fill more than 120 AD5 level positions, which is the grade at which most graduates begin their careers as administrators in the EU Institutions.

According to Noelle O Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, “one of the great but perhaps lesser told success stories of Ireland has been the fantastic achievements of Irish people who work for the EU Institutions.  There are numerous Irish people who work at the range of EU Institutions in Brussels and elsewhere, establishing a reputation for hard work and excellent networking ability.  In a way, there has never been a better time to be an Irish person job seeking in the EU system.”

Do you have what it takes?

Before you apply, it’s worthwhile to think about whether an EU career is the right choice for you.  The ‘EU Career, My Career?’ questionnaire and the self-assessment tests on the EPSO website will help you understand if you have the right perception of what it is like to work in the EU Institutions and give you a realistic idea of whether you are likely to meet the high standards required to succeed.

The selection process is highly competitive.  As an indication, in the last competition in 2015, around 31,400 candidates applied, with only the very top scorers – less than 5% – passing the first phase of the selection procedure.  To get an idea of what is involved in the selection process, check out the sample tests available on the EPSO website.

What you need:

 In order to be eligible, candidates must:

  • be an EU citizen;
  • know at least 2 official EU languages;
  • have a level of education of at least 3 years’ university studies (such as a Bachelor’s degree) in any discipline (degree must be awarded by 31 July 2017).

No work experience is required.

For the very first time, it is possible to sit the first round of tests in all 24 EU official languages (which include Irish and English).  For subsequent stages of the competition, you will be able to choose from 5 languages, rather than 3 as was the case in the past.  When you submit your online application, you must declare at least 2 official EU languages– one at minimum C1 level (thorough knowledge) and the other at minimum B2 level (satisfactory knowledge).  More information on the language levels can be found here.  At the end of the registration period, the top 5 declared languages of all applications, matched with the needs of the Institutions, will be used for the second half of the competition. 

How to apply:

  1. Submit a two-part online application to EPSO.
  2. Following this, eligible candidates will be required to sit computer-based tests (CBTs) in both their declared languages.  Test centres are located throughout the EU so candidates can sit their CBTs in Dublin or elsewhere, depending on what is most convenient.
  3. The top scoring candidates will then be invited to attend an assessment centre in Brussels to complete an oral presentation, competency-based interview and group exercise in their second language.
  4. Candidates who successfully pass the assessment centre stage will be placed on a reserve list from which they can be recruited to a graduate administrator position.

Support and advice is available to anyone who is interested in submitting an application for the competition.  Potential candidates are encouraged to contact European Movement Ireland for more information on or by phone on +353 1 662 5815.





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