Last Friday, myself and undegraduate International Politics student Sebastian Vogt visited the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to learn about the brilliant career opportunities that working for the European Union offers. The Commission is looking for top quality graduates from a wide variety of degree disciplines including Politics, Science, Business and Law. Administrators (as first level graduate employees are known) play an important part in drafting policies, together with analytical and advisory work. The roles vary depending on what EU Institution they are working in, whether it is the European Commission, the Council, the European Parliament etc.
Competition for posts is severe and no wonder, with the variety, challenge and early responsibility these roles offer graduates, as well as an attractive starting salary of around 40 000 Euros pa. British applicants are, however, in high demand and experience less competion for places than other nationalities. In fact, the term used was “desperate!”. All applicants need to speak fluent English, French or German. The second language does not need to be as fluent – a good A Level grade is a guideline. Continue Reading