‘Student life is golden life’ – this statement is as true as it gets. Everything seems far away from the point of graduation, upon which one is then forced to step into the real world and make the transition from University benches to office desks and uncomfortable chairs. But what if someone were to tell you that your ‘golden life’ is yet to come, and a career opportunity in Brussels, Strasbourg and/or Luxembourg was waiting at your doorstep?
A Member State signatory to the European Union, provides its citizens with the luxury to enjoy a career with the EU Institutions and/or EU Agencies. This entails working in a multicultural environment, developing your language skills and contributing to decisions concerning current affairs which effect more than five hundred million European Citizens. And no, you do not need to be a graduate in European Studies to work for the EU. Various other career paths - including degrees in Law, Finance, Information Technology, Economics, Accounting and Languages just to name a few - open the same door to a lifetime of different jobs, each offering competitive salaries.
Applying for an EU Career varies according to the contract you apply for. Different contracts; Permanent Officials, Contract Staff, Temporary Agents, Secondary National Experts and Trainees, require different levels of experience and a different application process. To put you into perspective, Permanent Officials are Secretary/Clerk, Administrator and Assistant posts within the EU Civil Service while Secondary National Experts are seconded national civil servants temporarily working for an EU Institution. Contract Staff includes manual or administrative support officials employed to provide additional support in specialized fields. Temporary Agents are staff employed only on a temporary basis while Trainees are young people, possibly still undergoing their studies, who choose to broaden their knowledge and professional experience by applying for a paid traineeship.
Being spoilt for choice is an understatement! Having the opportunity to work in different sectors, in different countries across Europe, and developing your language skills while earning a competitive salary provides you with the opportunity to get the best of both worlds!
If interested in obtaining further information regarding job opportunities available, prerequisite requirements, the application process or answers any questions, one may contact the EU Careers Student Ambassador for the University of Malta, Ms Valentina Cassar on firstname.lastname@example.org.