How to become a European Union official
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You'll need a degree and 1 to 3 years' professional experience for administrator jobs. If you're a recent graduate, you'll usually start as a junior administrator.
For many jobs, your degree can be in any subject, although you may need a particular degree such as law, economics, statistics or a science for some roles.
You'll need at least 3 years' professional experience and a degree in a specific subject for specialist job roles.
For lawyer linguist jobs, you must have a recognised law degree or be a qualified solicitor or barrister.
You'll also need to be fluent in 2 more EU languages as well as your native language. One of your languages will usually need to be French or German.
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a business administrator.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
It may be possible to work your way into this job by starting in a role with less responsibility and applying for promotion when you've got more experience. There are two levels you can start with, depending on your qualifications:
- Support level
- Assistant level
For a Support level job like secretary or clerk, you'll need one of the following:
- 2 A levels or equivalent and 3 years' professional experience
- 1 year of professional training and 3 years' professional experience
For Assistant level jobs, you'll usually need one of the following:
- a higher national diploma or equivalent
- 2 A levels or similar qualifications, plus relevant work experience
If you're a graduate, you may be able to get useful work experience through the European Commission Traineeship Scheme. This is a 5-month training and work placement programme.
You must apply for jobs at all grades through an annual selection process known as an 'open competition'. This involves computer-based testing in your home country, and an assessment stage held in Brussels.
If you're successful at the assessment stage, you'll be put on a reserve list for up to 1 year. Candidates from the reserve list will then be selected for interview when a suitable job comes up.
You can find out more about becoming a European Union official from EU Careers.
Details on how to apply can be found from the European Personnel Selection Office.