Yesterday (9th April), TYA Answers hosted an EU Careers Q&A Day!
The aim was to give students an insight into what it's like to work for the EU institutions and to allow them to get their questions answered by current EU employees.
We had some really interesting questions, covering topics such as which languages are the most useful for prospective EU employees, the difference between translation and interpreting work, and how to prepare for the application process!
Special thanks goes to Charlotte Sanderson, Senior EU Staffing Officer in the Foreign Office, for answering questions on the day!
- Users logged on from the UK, the USA, France, Spain, Canada, Germany, Italy, India, Luxembourg and the Philippines (year abroad students are a well-travelled bunch!)
- TYA Answers now has over 1100 users, with over 200 of those logging on to ask, answer and discover on the day
- Almost half of the visitors to the site on the day were new users
- 99 different institutions and organisations are now registered on TYA Answers
- The questions on TYA Answers have been viewed over 67,000 times
Here's a taster of the questions:
- If you get through to the EU concours assessment, what sort of things should you be working on/preparing beforehand?
- I'm interested in being a lawyer/linguist with the EU. What are the requirements for passing the competition?
- If I'm employed by the EU, is it compulsory to move between destinations regularly, or can I opt out of being uprooted after spending a required amount of time in Brussels, for example?
- What's the difference between working as an EU translator and an interpreter in terms of the application process?
- What jobs would I be useful for in the EU with a degree in Spanish and Arabic?
- How feasible is it that I would pass a competition straight after graduating?
The questions and answers will stay on the site for future year abroad students and graduates to learn about EU careers.
There is also an EU Careers section on ThirdYearAbroad.com with articles, advice and case studies to give a further insight into working for the EU.
Thank you so much for taking part in the day and we hope that you continue to use and enjoy TYA Answers!