The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union (EU), responsible for proposing legislation and implementing decisions. The Commission is composed of 28 Commissioners who are appointed by the Council of the European Union, on a proposal from the Commission President.
Working for the European Commission can be challenging because it involves balancing many different priorities at once.
For example: protecting consumers while encouraging business growth; ensuring that citizens can live their lives free from discrimination while promoting diversity; protecting workers' rights while encouraging investment etc.
Working with colleagues from 28 different countries also means that everyone has to be able to work together effectively even if they come from different cultures or backgrounds - which isn't always easy.
Working for the Commission means working for a truly international organisation with a global outlook. You will be challenged to develop your skills and gain experience in an environment where you will be surrounded by people from different backgrounds with diverse experiences and opinions.
Moreover, the Commission offers many opportunities for personal development and career growth as well. A wide range of training courses is available for all staff. There are also many ways to further your professional development through the European Training Foundation (ETF) programme or by taking part in external training courses offered by other institutions or companies. You can even take part in trainee programmes or follow specific studies abroad.
So how could you join the European Commission and be part of this exciting, diverse and growing organisation?
The first step toward working in the EU is to create an account on the EURES job portal and submit your CV. You can also register with EURES directly at any of the EU institutions' human resources offices.
Once you have registered your profile on EURES, you will receive e-mails about upcoming vacancies that match your skills and experience. You may also receive invitations from the institutions for online tests or interviews at their premises in Brussels or Luxembourg.
If your profile matches a vacancy, you will be invited to take part in an assessment centre where you will be assessed on various criteria such as language skills, motivation, personal qualities and knowledge of EU policies or programmes. This process usually takes place over two days with various tests both written and practical. Candidates who successfully complete this stage are then invited to participate in a final interview where they present their professional experience and academic qualifications before being selected for a position.
For more information regarding the application process, you can check the details directly on the EU Commission page here.
How difficult is it to get a job in the European Commission?
Getting a job in the EU Commission is not easy, but of course, nothing is impossible! The competition is fierce and there are tens of thousands of people competing for the same positions.
To stand out from the crowd you need to be prepared, have solid experience and be able to show that you have what it takes for the job. Furthermore, you will need to show strong motivation, leadership skills and excellent communication skills.
So how do you get a job in the European Commission?
1. Start by making sure your CV is up-to-date and well-presented.
2. Check whether you meet the requirements for your desired position on the EU jobs portal: check the opportunity directly on the European Commission site here.
3. Apply online using an electronic application form available on https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en or at your local EU embassy or representation office in your country.
In addition, the Commission will not accept applications from candidates who have not met any of the conditions listed below such as:
1. You must be an EU citizen (i.e. from one of the member states).
2. You must have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience in an appropriate field;
3. You must have completed your studies in an EU country and obtained your degree there too.
What kind of skills do I need to work in the EU?
The European Commission is a meritocracy where performance counts. You must have excellent analytical skills and be able to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. You will need to work on your own initiative as well as part of a team, sometimes under the pressure of time or political constraints. You will need to be able to adapt quickly to changing priorities, be flexible enough to handle several tasks at once and be able to manage your own workload independently within the team's general objectives.
You also need to be able to work well in a team and be able to communicate with people from different backgrounds.
It's also a good idea to study law or any other subject related to international affairs so that you can understand what is happening in Europe more easily, especially if you're going there as an intern or volunteer.
Finally, another important skill is being able to work under pressure, because sometimes when things happen in Europe they happen very quickly and suddenly there may be lots of meetings which are all taking place at once.