Launch your European Career logoMarch is the month of EU Jobs, with the EU’s two largest graduate recruitment competitions opening for applications on 13 and 20 March.

Representatives of the EU Jobs team will be in Dublin Central Library on Wednesday 19 March to talk about opportunities and answer questions.

Here are all the vacancies being advertised this month:

Administrator (AD5 Generalist) Competition – Closes 15 April
The EU’s annual graduate recruitment competition – the AD5 concours – opened on 13 March. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is seeking talented graduates, or final year students, with a strong academic background in any discipline, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and a good command of two EU languages (one of which must be English, French, or German). Almost 140 positions are on offer, with a basic starting salary of €4,349 a month, and fantastic opportunities for career development.

Further details are on the EPSO website. If you’re planning to apply, make sure to check out the EPSO Application Advice, come along to the EU Jobs event in Dublin Central Library on 19 March, and/or follow EU Jobs Ireland on Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice on the process.

Administrator (AD5 Audit) Competition – Opens 20 March
The EU’s annual budget exceeds €140 billion. EU auditors help ensure that money is soundly raised, spent and accounted for. Separate to its generalist graduate competition, EPSO is looking to recruit up to 40 auditors to serve at the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg, with a starting salary of €4,349 a month. The requirements are similar to the generalist competition, the key difference being that for this competition your university degree should relate in some way to auditing. The definition of auditing is broader than you might think, however, so gradates or final year students with degrees in economics, finance, accounting, business and other similar areas should consider applying!

Further details will be posted on the EPSO website and circulated through EU Jobs Ireland social media from 20 March. Once again, check out the EPSO Application Advice, come along to the EU Jobs event in Dublin Central Library on 19 March, and/or follow EU Jobs Ireland on Facebook and Twitter for tips and advice.

Secretaries Competition – Closes 21 March
EPSO is looking to recruit a pool of secretaries to work across the EU institutions. To be eligible you need to have completed a secondary education, have at least three years’ professional experience in the secretarial field, have a perfect command of English, French, German or Croatian and a good command of a second language (English, French or German). Positions will be in Brussels or Luxembourg with starting salaries from €2.345 per month to €2.645 per month.

European Parliament Researcher – Closes 31 March
The European Parliament is looking to recruit a team of parliamentary researchers and is seeking applications from eligible candidates before 31 March. Approximately 50 posts are available, with basic salaries of between €3,145 and €5,832 per month dependent on training and professional experience. Contracts will initially be awarded on a one year basis, subject to ongoing renewal for up to six years. To be eligible, you must fulfill the usual key linguistic and citizenship criteria and have completed university studies of at least 3 years’ duration in one of the following areas (political science, economics, European studies, public administration, law, social sciences, international relations, natural sciences, statistics, history) as well as having at least 3 years’ professional experience relevant to the role.

Traineeship at the European Economic and Social Committee – Closes 31 March
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is still accepting applications for its five-month graduate traineeship, beginning in September 2014. Conditions are similar to the Commission stage, with a basic monthly grant of around €1,000. As with the Commission stage, to be eligible you need to hold a degree (ideally somehow related to the work of the EESC) and have knowledge of at least two EU languages, one of which must be English, French or German. Applications should be submitted online before 31 March.

Traineeships at the European Parliament – Opens 15 March
The European Parliament’s Robert Schuman traineeship programmes open for applications on 15 March. The five month placements are open to University graduates and begin in October this year. You require only a single European language in order to be eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is 15 May.

Fixed Term Contracts (CAST) at the European Commission
The European Commission continues to offer fixed-term contracts for candidates with relevant experience in areas including administration, audit, secretariat, economy, finance, ICT, languages, law, policy, program/project management statistics. More information on the profiles sought, eligibility criteria and application procedures can be found here, with information on the role of Contract Agent here.

Specialist Temporary Posts
Specialist temporary posts are currently available at many of the EU’s Institutions and Agencies, including the ECB, the European Investment Bank, the European Ombudsman and Eurojust.


EU Jobs Ireland is committed to supporting Irish candidates in applying for EU posts. If you’re thinking of applying for the graduate competitions, read their guide to the EPSO application process, with tips on how to approach your application and advice on how best to prepare for the computer based tests (which, in the case of the generalist and audit competitions, are expected in May).

All EPSO competitions require that you have at least two European languages, one of which must be English, French or German. The general rule with languages is that, where possible, you should always look to sit the first stage (the Computer Based Tests) through your strongest language, thereby giving yourself the best chance of making it to the second stage. If your French or German was good but is now a little rusty, don’t worry – you’ll have some time to brush it up before the second stage.

EU Jobs Ireland are here to support you through the application process, so do stay in touch with them throughout the competition process. In particular, let them know if and when you reach the second stage of any EU competition, so they can offer further advice and support on succeeding at the assessment centre.

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