What advice do you have for school leavers?
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School leavers can begin a career within the EU through Assistant (AST) and Secretariat (SC) roles, as a third-level degree is not necessary for these roles.
Further information on AST roles can be found in our Career Opportunities in the EU section.
Further information on EU languages and relevant career paths is outlined in the Career Opportunities in the EU section.
To find out about the latest EU career opportunities:
EU Jobs Ireland is a government information service designed to help you in taking the first step to an EU career. The service aims to provide Irish citizens with essential information about the type of jobs and traineeships that are available in the EU and advice on how to set about securing them. It has a dedicated website, e-newsletter and social media presence, all of which are geared to keeping you up to date with the latest EU career opportunities.
It also offers one-to-one advice on how to apply for specific EU positions and arranges training and information sessions in Dublin and in Brussels ahead of major EU recruitment competitions. If you think you might be interested in pursuing a career or traineeship with the EU, or if you have already decided to apply for such a post and would like further advice, we suggest that you contact EU Jobs Ireland to see how they can help.
What advice do you have for graduates?
As has been highlighted above, traineeships with institutions or delegations are a great place to start your career within the EU. It is possible to bypass this route, however, and apply directly for a permanent post.
As a graduate, you can apply for Administrator profiles. These positions offer you the opportunity to play a key role in the EU's processes and enjoy a high degree of responsibility from an early stage in your career.
The selection procedures for permanent positions with the EU are organised as "open competitions" or concours - detailed information on the concours is provided above - see "How to get a job in this sector".
The most relevant competition for graduates is launched every March, with profiles varying from year to year. An open competition includes tests and assessment exercises designed to measure your professional skills and a number of core competencies.
Information on these competitions is published on www.eu-careers.eu and announced by a competition notice, which provides full details of the profile, the eligibility criteria and the selection procedure. The format of the competitions varies depending on the profile being sought.
What advice do you have for career changers?
Appointees to positions in the public service frequently remain within the public service because of the broad range of job opportunities and promotions available during times of economic growth and/or public service recruitment.
The public service also affords jobholders the opportunity to transfer across public service organisations and thus expand their skill bases and enjoy new experiences and challenges.
Any skill/experience that enables an officer to serve the public better in his/her official duties is valued - a strong customer orientated focus being an obvious example. Ask yourself what you think you could bring to the public service.
The public service offers staff the opportunity to broaden their skills and expertise. Staff are encouraged to gain relevant qualifications - and opportunities to do so may be made available.
Clearly professional and technical positions will require officers to have the appropriate qualifications and/or experience.
What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?
People who wish to return to the workforce should avail of opportunities to update their IT skills.
Once they have found their ideal job and applied for it, they should familiarise themselves with the Advice Centre which is available on publicjobs.ie as they may be required to undertake an assessment test, interview or both.
To help returners to prepare for this, the advice centre gives information and tips on tests and interviews and provides the facility to look through some sample tests.