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An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.
A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.
Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.
Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.
Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.
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(thousands per year)*
Secondment can be for a minimum of six months and up to a maximum of four years in principle. You can return for a second period of secondment once an interval of at least 6 years has passed.
As an SNE, you should continue to be paid by your employer but the Commission pays you compensation for the extra costs of living and working abroad. This consists of a daily subsistence allowance and you may also be eligible for a monthly allowance depending on the distance from your place of origin.
National employers still pay SNEs their salary throughout the duration of their secondment; however the EU offers compensation for the extra costs of living abroad.
For more information, including details of your rights, working conditions and working hours, see the Rules on the Secondment of National Experts.
EPSO - EU Careeers
Last Updated: April, 2015
|* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.|
SNEs are national or international civil servants or persons employed in the public sector who are working temporarily for an EU Institution
SNEs play a duel role in the EU. The idea is that the SNEs will share their experiences and expertise in particular policy areas with EU staff, and in return will take back knowledge of EU policies and processes to their national administrations.
As an SNE you will work alongside Commission officials, helping to achieve the strategic objectives defined by a Directorate-General or Service for the benefit of EU citizens.
On secondment, you will work under the instructions of an EU official, according to a detailed job description and governed by rules that help avoid the risk of any conflicts of interest.
The EU institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:
An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results
On occasion the EU will invite national and international civil servants and public sector staff to bring their experience to an EU institution for a temporary time period - (where an employee transfers to a different job for a specified period of time is known as 'secondment').
As well as civil servants, experts from international organisations, universities, research centers and other entities belonging to the public sector, can also be seconded to the EU, especially in areas where their unique skills and knowledge are specifically required by an EU Institution.
In order to become an SNE, candidates must have at least 3 years work experience.
SNEs are typically seconded from the civil services of EU countries, so the vast majority are national, regional or local civil servants.
SNEs from EU countries are recruited via their Permanent Representations to the EU.
Those interested in becoming an SNE should contact their country's permanent representation to the EU for information about current opportunities.
Further information is also available from www.Publicjobs.ie (type ‘Seconded National Experts’ into the site’s search bar).
Visit the website of the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU
Detailed information on SeNEs with the European Commission is available here.
Last Updated: July, 2014
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