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In this Online EU Training webcast, we cover everything you need to know about the 2012 EPSO Administrator (AD5, AD7) exams/competitions. These include eligibility and the typical tasks of EU administrators, place of work and benefits. We will also discuss the best preparation and practice strategies and how Online EU Training can help.

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AD5 & AD7 Requirements - Citizenship and Langauges

I mentioned citizenship, there is a very straightforward rule: you need to have a citizenship of one of the 27 member states of the EU. Then I'd rather spend a bit of time going through the language rules. When it comes to languages, there's the concept of the first language, and the second language. The first language, the definition of the first language is that it needs to be a thorough knowledge of that language. The very word of thorough, it kind of refers to your mother tongue level. Kind of a native speaker level. This is not a formal requirement that it has to be your mother tongue, or your native language. And if you think about it, it makes sense. Imagine that you have lived 10 years in France, and you speak flawless and perfect French, would it be your mother tongue? Possibly not, if you happen to be an Estonian candidate or citizen. But you speak French to such extent, on such a level that is a very thorough knowledge. So, as long as you are confident in a language to such extent that it is comparable to a native level, then this could be chosen as your first language.

The first language can be any of the EU's 23 official languages. But the trick is that the second language, which has to be a satisfactory knowledge, a little bit of a lower level. The second language can only be English, French, or German, and different from the first one. Here is the rule; any of the 23 EU languages and the second one is English, French, or German and different from the first one.Which sort of limits the English, French or German native speakers who happen to have one of these three as their first language, they must choose a different language as their second language. Here is my little example, what I just said, as a demonstration. If you are an Italian who speaks fluent Portuguese, you can choose either of these two languages as long as you are completely confident in one of these two languages.

AD5 & AD7 Positions - Numbers

Let's look at the number of positions available, and this is obviously publicly known information from the outset. We know that for AD5, there are 219 places. We know that for AD7 there are 77 places on the reserve list, at the end of the process. This is the breakdown of the different places for each profile. As I said, the Public Administration is the one that has the largest pool, given that it is a very broad profile. But, because of this, and because of the factors outlined earlier, that's why it attracts the largest number of candidates. The big question, obviously, is which one to choose. As I said, the rule of thumb, the more specific, or so to say, specialist the profile, the higher your chances. For instance, last year, the highest candidate, or those who were invited to the assessment center. The proportion of these people, to the number of applicants, it was the highest in the audit field. If you happen to have a profile that is formally eligible for the audit field, choose that. Second place came to the law profile, so if you are a lawyer or at least have a degree in law, and have the necessary work experience for the AD7, or you just have the diploma as such for the AD5. Then I would strongly advise and recommend that you choose law as your profile.

For the others, meaning communication, external relations, public administration, communication is, by it's very nature, a very attractive field. However, the fact that those who can apply for the communication, they need to have a certain qualification. That, again, limits the potential number of candidates. So, if the other two, meaning law and audit, is not for you, choose communication profile. And then, as a last resort, you might hesitate between external relations and public administration. One thing I would mention, and this is, we are in a very wide public with almost 1,500 live participants, but I would just say, off the record, that the experience for the policy of the EU institutions is not entirely clear, whether if somebody passed the competition in the audit field, the person, by the very fact that you are on that reserve list, you could be recruited in a field which is different from audit. So the simple fact of being in the reserve list should make you eligible to become an EU official even in a different field. I'm saying this, that the policy is not entirely clear or known, but this has repercussions or consequences in your choice of fields.

Deadlines for the EPSO Competitions

The deadline, it's a very straightforward rule, 17th of April, 2012, noon, Brussels time. Please, I'm asking you one to one, eye to eye, asking you not to leave the application to the very last moment. There have been numerous stories and even first hand stories from friends of mine who applied, or at least tried to apply in the very last moment, but they missed the bus. The internet didn't work, the server was down, some sort of technical glitch happened and they did not validate their application. This brings me to the idea, you can start your application already now, you can save it in your EPSO profile or EPSO account, you do not need to validate it immediately. The word validation means you submit your application, so that's the point when your application becomes final and, so to say, irrevocable. So you cannot change any choice or any information. Personal contact information you can change if you happen to move to a different address or your email changes in the mean time. The point is, start the draft and validate the application towards the end, but not on the last day or in the last moment.

One more important rule. The sooner you validate your application, the sooner your exam is probably going to be, because the exam dates are opened on a rolling basis. So if you validate your application today, then your exam date will be relatively close to today. If you validate your application towards the end, meaning around 13th, 14th of April, your exam date will be proportionally later. If you feel that you need to prepare more, you need to practice more, you need to get your brain wired up for numerical reasoning and to be a mathematics expert, to make sure that you score high on these exams, then validate your application a bit later. If you feel confident or you would like to get over with the exam, do it sooner, the better.

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