They are here!!! EPSO opens the Assessment Centre for more 10 competitions (major update of all competitions)

Dear all,

We don’t know if it was the sun over brussels during the first weeks of the Spring season that made the competition flourish or simply the willingness to end the traffic jam of competitions caused by the pandemics, but in last weeks, the candidates of more than 10 different competitions have received excellent news and have been informed they made it to the Assessment phase. With all the changes that have taken place and the sudden rush, many of you are are asking about what will happen in your competitions, particularly: what are the next steps? How should I prepare my Assessment Centre? Then let’s try to answer to all of you with the latest information available. In this post, you will find the information for the following competitions (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you):

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrator – Anti-fraud investigations EPSO/AD/394/21 4 profiles (AD7 & AD9)
  2. Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21
  3. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  4. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  5. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  6. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  7. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

AST and AST/SC competitions will be in a different post.

Almost finalised Competitions

  1. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  2. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20
  3. Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7
How candidates see themselves when they get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

WARNING – as we see too much drama around the competitions, we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile! (Still, note that the information is as accurate as EPSO competitions allow us to be).

Will the new competences change anything in my competition?

Business as usual, no changes here. The fact the old competences are defined in the notice of competition guarantee they will remain stable for your competitions, otherwise EPSO should amend it to introduce the new ones. Probably, they will wait until these competitions come to an end before introducing changes to the competences that will be evaluated. We expect to see the new competences in future competitions as Space & Defense, we’ll keep you posted.

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.- Administrator – Anti-fraud investigations EPSO/AD/394/21 4 profiles (AD7 & AD9)

This is how it looks the situation of the competition

Status: At the moment we are writing this, a total of 205 candidates have made it to the Assessment Centre for 68 spots (if you want to see the precise data, check the table on the left), what leaves a proportion of one spot per three candidates, not bad at all! The case study has a date (5 of May), the rest of the assessment will take place between end of April and end of June. Remember that the on-line strategy for the Assessment Centre is to do each test at a different moment, not all the tests at once, but don’t forget to check your invitation to the Assessment Centre for the full detail (believe it or not, EPSO provides a lot of info in their communication to you – hint- click on the links!!!)

About the assessment: First, our old classic test – the Case Study (of competences) with 40 points. Then another classic among the classics, the Competency base interview (CBI) with another 40 points. Together they should add, minimum, 40 points (out of 80). On top of that, the Field test interview (it counts 100 points out of which you need 50 points. Of course, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones. And yes, we also prepare the field-related interview, it’s all about the methodology 😉 Remember you can join our Telegram information channel too where we’ll alert you of any news regarding your competition and our trainings.

2.-Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21

That’s all the info we got. EPSO is publishing some dates step by step and updating

Status: At the moment we are writing this, 230 candidates passed the MCQ (multiple choice questionnaire) on data protection and (a quite fast evaluated) Talent Screener. As we write this, only the case study has indicative date (20 of May), the rest of the Assessment Centre tests are expected to take place from mid May until the end of June. Also, don’t forget the CBT Test, this competition has the particularity where there is no passing mark of CBT but its results (up to 40 points) is added to the total. Then a candidate can get up to 300 points (40 from CBT + 40 from MCQ on Data protection + 80 competences + 140 field related). Also, don’t forget to check your EPSO profile twice per week! We did our full analysis of this competition here that we suggest to read, specially because the marking system is a bit different from what we are used to.

About the assessment: Old classic test the Case Study (of competences), scheduled originally for May, now it seems to be for June and in May only the CBT. Complementarily we got the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and on top of that the Field test interview that counts almost double than the competence test (so you know where you need to put your higher effort). All things considered, better to be a proven expert in Data protection to have a fair chance of passing this competition but don’t undervalue the points from the other test. Of course, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions to prepare all assessment test or register for the next ones and don’t miss the opportunity of adding some points with the CBT (all points count!).

3.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

We have chosen the profile 1 for the photo (lazy day) but it’s the same dates for profile 2 and 3.

Status: Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile). As for the spots available, there are 47, 30 and 30 respectively. So the wise EPSO decided to do the eligibility check first (CV screening) and then continue to the Talent Screener evaluation. Now, 125, 90 and 90 candidates for profile 1,2,3 respectively have been invited to the Assessment.

Remember the number of test in the assessment was reduced

About the assessment: It’s becoming tendency to begin in specialist competition with the CBT. For this one in particular, candidates will have between 27 and 29 of April to take the test and obtain 10 points verbal and 10 points (minimum) from numerical and abstract test combined to pass (if you need some hints, we got our post about the CBT) . When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study (scheduled for the 5 of May. The rest will come between May and June: Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field related interview in two different days. If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

4.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1 and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Dates also apply to Structural reforms

Status: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and candidates waited for the results of the Talent Screener. Finally the results came ( more or less as expected) out and 140 candidates for structural reforms (with 45 places) and 75 (with 25 places) for Schengen acquis have been invited.

Assessment distribution after February modification

About the assessment: We got a mix of items for the end of Spring and beginning of Summer (June-July) , classic competence interviews : General competency-based interview (CBI), Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and then the Field test (interview and written test) despite the cuts in the assessment. For the moment, the written test in the field is confirmed as the first test on the 30th May. Get ready!!! If you think we can help you with our training (including the field related part, as many of our successful candidates can confirm), remember to check our next sessions (case study + written test on the 26th April) or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

5.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

With so many different dates, looks like the EPSO-assessment molecule

Status: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 candidates were long expected. Finally 140 have been invited to the assessment.

Remember there is a new Assessment distribution after February .

About the assessment: This time, the calendar for this competition is full of particularities. First the CBT test will take place beginning of June (2nd and 3rd to be precise) but much earlier, will be the written test in the field, on the 26th April. Candidates will face the following tests: General competency-based interview (CBI); Situational competency-based interview (SCBI) and the Field-related ones (Interview and written test). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

6.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

This is valid for French, Czech, Bulgarian and Hungarian profiles

Status: The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT last summer and then were called to to the Translation Test in December. After that test, those candidates with the highest marks (up to 4 times the number of spots) have been invited to the Assessment Centre, starting with the Summary test the 12th May.
About the assessment: After a long wait, the Assessment Centre is here, as we foresaw. Remember it has a new configuration and the Situational competency-based interview is gone but the classics remain: General competency-based interview and the Oral presentation, where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. As for the the Field-related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Glad to help you to prepare all these test. Check our next training sessions if you are interested.

7.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

This is how the Assessment of external relation will look like.

Status: After a very long wait, candidates received their results of the elegibility checks in April. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the Talent Screener checks and we expect to know who will pass to the Assessment Center soon. Considering this, we don’t expect the Assessment Centre will take place before September 2022 (we indicate the year as the competition started in September 2020). Please, consider the evaluation of the Talent Screeners will take a couple of months (at least), so we bet its results will be published right before or right after the summer break (yes, not very concrete but this is EPSO, we mean c’est la vie!) .

About the assessment: After all the struggle, could it be EPSO accelerates and releases the results of the talent so the approximately 258 candidates (AD5+AD7) invited to the assessment can receive their invitations before Easter? Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Situational competency-based interview and the minimum mark per competence are gone, instead the Case study and the General competency-based interview remain and you will need to obtain 40 points or more in total in the competence part; For the Field related tests (Interview and written test) all remains the same, up to 50 points each.

Some of you having asking when to prepare the Assessment, our best advice, if you are not in any other competition that allows you to create synergies, wait until summer. Of course, stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with them. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

Almost finalised

1.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

Remember this was the Assessment distribution after February .

Status: So the Assessment Centre started in February 2022 then, during the Spring time, the candidates have been working hard to get it done despite the changes in the assessment distribution. The written test part was tough and long with two tests (and the agriculture part not exempt of controversy).

We thought about putting a screenshot from the competition but you know that one too well so we found our Agri-croqueta funnier and more encouraging.

What is left: As we speak, a bunch of the very last few candidates are taking their Assessment interviews. So now it’s a matter of patience (guess people in the area of agriculture cultivate plenty of it… sorry) and expect the results germinate but as late fruit, don’t wait for them until the summer break is over.

2.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

This is how the Assessment test distribution looks after February modification

Status: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent the summer of 2021 struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Finally, as a snow storm in the middle of the hard winter, candidates got their invitation to the Assessment Centre and have spent the last 3 months working hard to prepare them.

EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!


What is left: After the modifications to the test in February, we missed the opportunity to see the role play in action but still the General competency-based interview and a very interesting Oral Presentation were left. And last but not least, well it’s even more important, the Field Written test with its dose of controversy. We did our best to help more than 60 candidates (1 out of 5) in this final phase. And now we’ll be expecting the results as they do but better not to expect them before September. They take their time.

3.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Evidence of the last try to publish the results. We don’t post all the previous attempts or this will look like an never ending soap-opera.

Status: Your are right, this competition opened in December 2019 and we have been reporting about it since then. However, as international cooperation projects experts know, nobody said it would be easy or short. The COVID crisis made things quite difficult and this competition got stuck for many months. Then the Assessment Centre was organised on a test by test basis, instead of taking all the Assessment Centre tests in the same day, which took a big part of 2021. But the «best» came at the end: the Case study and the Field written test, put the candidates in a very difficult situation as the interface/platform of the exam didn’t work as expected (or at all) and many candidates have to repeat the exam that finally took place by November 2021.
What is left: Patience and resignation. Counting the days to see if EPSO releases the results by April (8 days left as we write this post) or a new date will be set on the web, after all, the dates on the web are indicative, only those received through official EPSO communication in your profile are valid and «cast on stone?»… better say «official».

Get ready!!!

Revolution in the Assessment – EPSO cuts them in half in several competitions

Dear all,

Last Tuesday (1st February), the afternoon coffee ended on our trousers rather in our stomach, as EPSO announced changes. Which ones? Easy, as they acknowledge the long long backlog of some competitions (see the list below) they have decided to cut a big chunk of the Assessment test to make the process faster without harming your chances or passing it. Is that true? Will my chances remain the same? In principle yes, as the core of the evaluations (competences) remains, this time assessed through one single test rather than two tests, your chances should remain intact. Then what’s different? The margin of error. Now, you need to perform well or excellent in each one of the tests, no margin to make mistakes or obtain a low mark in one competence. Also bear in mind a reference for the uploading of the scanned documents (instead of bringing them in a USB) has been added.

If you are looking for the piece of news, here you have it.
Breath and keep reading, help is on its way (or at least more info).

Warning! as EPSO indicates, the information shared is intended for publication in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EU. It is made available in advance to information the candidates, but please make sure you check the text published in the DOUE to verify there are no differences (i.e we’ll check the final publication and update this post accordingly)

Can you be more specific about the changes? Sure! In this post, you will find the information for all the competitions affected by the change (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you) and what is the new and how to tackle it. Also we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile!

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  2. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  3. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  4. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  5. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  6. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)
  7. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

AST and AST/SC competitions

  1. Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese – EPSO/AST/148/21
  2. Secretaries SC 1 and SC2 EPSO/AST-SC/10/20

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

The new menu of tests for the 3 profiles
  • Situation : Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile), after the initial eligibility check, the numbers of those who passed to the Talent were 240, 245 and 190 respectively for 47, 30 and 30 spots (then up to 141,90 and 90 can be invited to the Assessment). At this moment the Talent Screener evaluation is ongoing.
  • What to expect: This was one of the competitions less impacted by the changes. When the Assessment Centre comes, probably March or April, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study (of competences) and the Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field test interview. The Written test in the field is gone and its points transferred to the Field test interview (now it counts 100 points). If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

2.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1 Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Nothing to write on this assessment
  • Situation: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and (again) candidates must be patient and wait for the results of the Talent Screener. After that, for those of you with the highest marks, around 135 for structural reforms and 75 for Schengen acquis will be invited to the Assessment Centre (Spring of 2022 most likely).
  • What to expect: When the Assessment Centre comes, you can forget about the Case Study . The General competency-based interview and Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) both remain and split the competences to evaluate them in one single round and the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. What remains the same is the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

3.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

This assessment is still about mixing the right elements to pass it.
  • Situation: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 lucky candidates are …….expected in any of 2022. EPSO announced the delay of the Talent screener results without a clear hint of when the publication of the results, so the 135 candidates to be invited to the Assessment Centre will have to wait
  • What to expect: When the Assessment Centre comes, you can forget about the Case Study . The General competency-based interview and Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) both remain and split the competences to evaluate them in one single round. The minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. What remains the same is the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

4.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

In this one, the case study has growth strong roots
  • Situation : So the CBT was done in summer but results took time to settle on the earth and germinate (bad joke). Then, the new year brought the results of the Talent Screener and 175 brave candidates were invited to the Assessment…and its first test will take place 8 of March
  • What to expect: The Assessment Centre is coming in Spring just as we predicted and the winter is there to prepare ourselves. In this competition, Situational competency-based interview is gone with the wind, but Case study and General competency-based interviews remain, which are the two big classic test are ready to evaluate our competences. Besides, to assess your knowledge in the Field, you will face the interview and the written test in the filed. For all this test, we’ll offer further trainings , stay tuned on our next sessions .

5.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

Some changes but not too many… perhaps
  • Situation : The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT in summer, then in Autumn, almost winter, were called to to the Translation Test (up to 8 times the number of available spots). After its evaluation, those with the highest marks (4 times the number of spots) will be invited to the Assessment Centre.
  • What to expect: The correction of this kind of test takes time, we don’t expect further news until end February or later, and the Assessment Centre for Spring. For that, the Situational competency-based interview is gone and the classics remain: General competency-based interview and the Oral presentation, where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more in total. As for the the Field related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Don’t forget to stay tuned for what will come next by joining our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

6.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! One day, you will enjoy this assessment.
  • Situation: After a very long wait, candidates received their results by the end of September. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the eligibility checks (yes, since September) and we expect to know who has passed to the Talent Screener evaluation phase one day.
  • What to expect: After all the struggle, could it be EPSO accelerates and releases the results of the talent so the approximately 258 candidates ( AD5+AD7) invited to the assessment can receive their invitations before Easter? Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, Situational competency-based interview and the minimum mark per competence are gone, instead the Case study and the General competency-based interview remain and you will need to obtain 40 points or more in total in the competence part; For the Field related tests (Interview and written test) all remains the same, up to 50 points each. Don’t miss the opportunity! Of course, stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with them. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

7.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Pity, you won’t longer be able to play the role of the European Perry Mason in the EU court while in the assessment.
  • Situation: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent summer struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Good news!!! The results were published mid November and candidates got their invitation to the Assessment Centre at the begining of this year, but only two test were set, the role play remained uncertain.
EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!

  • What to expect : Now, forget about the role plays, they are gone, the Oral presentation and General competency-based interview remain at the same time that the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 40 points or more. What is even more important, the Field Written test is still marked up to 100 points and set for the 11 of February. Get ready!! In case you have skipped the previous clarifications, let us say that If you think we can help you with our training, you can check or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when more are available.

AST and AST/SC competitions

1.-Proofreaders/language editors – EPSO/AST/148/21 – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese

Please, don’t proofread this article, enjoy the sunny day outside.
Do you recognize yourself?
  • Situation: It has been a while since candidates were informed that this competition was moving towards the Talent Screener evaluation. Results should be soon published.
  • What to expect: Sooner than later the results of the Talent Screener should be published and the invitation to the Assessment Centre should arrive for 135 candidates. Stay alert and ready! Regarding the test, Case study is gone for good and you will face the General competency-based interview and the Situational competency-based interview where the minimum mark per competence disappears, you only need to obtain 35 (over 70) points to pass but better if you get more. Above them, the Field related tests (Proofreading and correcting a text) will set the real threshold. Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

3.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

  • Situation: After a long summer struggling with the Word test, (Word-MS Office skills to be EPSO-precise) and a long waiting until some candidates left behind could take their exam (their Prometric centre was not available), the results were published , without further notice until the eligibility checks were performed
  • What to expect: end of winter should be the right time to get the invitation for the Assessment Centre, remember that if you pass the Word test and have a CV that matches the profile of this competition, your chances of being invited to the Assessment Centre are quite high (the number of candidates who took the Word test was relatively low, nearly 2 times those who will be invited to the Assessment Centre). Then, when the Assessment Centre comes, you will face only ONE role play test (yes, a new type of test but not such a big deal ;-)) and the Field-related interview, which, in addition to your knowledge of the field, this time will also assess some other competences (Resilience, Communication, Analysis and Problem Solving) at the same time. The positive thing about this Assessment Centre is still that you can focus all your strengths on the preparation on only two types of tests. Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

When should I start to prepare the Assessment Centre?

We found the way to the way to the Assessment!!!

This a recurring question and very relevant to prepare successfully for the Assessment Centre. Our answer is based on our experience and the experience of our successful candidates. We would advise you to begin the preparation for the Assessment Centre the moment you get an invitation for it. Assessment Centres (or at least the EPSO ones) are based on (or aim to measure your) competences and your expertise on a certain domain, they don’t require you to show knowledge, you will rather have to present to the board all that you can offer to the European institutions. To do so, you need practice above all.

What if I start to prepare as soon as I get a message saying that my competition is in the Talent Screener phase? Well, of course you can do it. However, you need to consider several elements :

  • It can take months until the Talent Screener evaluations are over . EPSO doesn’t have a standard duration so you study without a clear horizon and you may run of stamina before the process really begins.
  • There are more candidates than spots in the Assessment Centre. Depending on the competition, the proportion of candidates who make it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase varies from 8 up to 12 times the number of openings. So it’s not easy. You can end up studying without being selected afterward. Is this a waste of time? NO! It can be reused in other EPSO competitions and other selection processes but it could also trigger some lose of hope in our chances to work in the EU. Lack of motivation is probably your worse enemy in this process.
  • Waiting time can be used to set up an action plan when you get the invitation for Assessment Centre. Because the moment you get the invitation, you have to run! Time and energy must be devoted to this goal. And don’t mind if EPSO is ruining your holidays because you have to prepare for the Assessment Centre. It is for your own good! (it happened to us too!)

If you missed them- all of our 2021 posts in one list (from older to more recent)

we know, 2021 is already gone but it’s always good to have some perspective about it and its competitions
  1. The CBT tests are back : EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!
  2. Analizamos la convocatoria de Administradores AD6 en el ámbito de la agricultura- EPSO/AD/389/21
  3. Analizamos la convocatoria de Correctores de pruebas / verificadores lingüísticos EPSO/AST/148/21
  4. Analysis of the Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy- EPSO/AD/390/21
  5. La Agencia Europea de Investiación (REA) saca ¡¡¡65 plazas!!!
  6. Análisis de la oposición de Administradores AD6 en el área de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos- EPSO/AD/390/21
  7. Análisis de la oposición para Inspectores Nucleares AST – EPSO/AST/149/21
  8. Análisis de la oposición de Administradores AD7 – Expertos/as en apoyo técnico a las reformas estructurales de los Estados miembros y expertos/as en el acervo de Schengen- EPSO/AD/391/21
  9. Análisis al anuncio de EPSO para AD5 generalistas
  10. Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2
  11. Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH and FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of health- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1
  12. Administrators AD7 in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile in auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3
  13. The competitions are moving!! EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!
  14. Analysis of the Administrators (AD 6) in the field of DATA PROTECTION -EPSO/AD/393/21
  15. Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 1-Técnicos audiovisuales y 2- Técnicos de construcción.
  16. Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 3 Técnicos de laboratorio y EPSO/AST-SC/11/21 asistentes de laboratorio
  17. Analysis of ANTI-FRAUD INVESTIGATORS (AD 7) AND ANTI-FRAUD EXPERTS (AD 9) competition-EPSO/AD/394/21
  18. Analysis of Administrators in digital forensics and in operational and strategic analysis competition-EPSO/AD/395/21
  19. Winter is coming!!! Well… Assessment Centres are coming (major update of all competitions)
  20. Guide to practice(for free) the translation test of the European Parliament Language Professional competitions
  21. Analysis of the Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries competition- EPSO/AD/397/21

Winter is coming!!! Well… Assessment Centres are coming (major update of all competitions)

Dear all,

We found the way to the way to the Assessment!!!

The cold is coming but EPSO is warming up and speeding up all the competitions. As many of you are asking about what will happen in your competitions, particularly : what are the next steps? When will I be invited to the assessment? When should I start to prepare the assessment? How should I prepare? Then let’s try to answer to all of you with the latest information available and our prediction for the calendars of each competition. In this post, you will find the information for the following competitions (by reference number order, just scroll down until you find the ones that interest you):

AD-Administrators competitions

  1. Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21
  2. Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health, food safety, auditing inspection and evaluation EPSO/AD/392/21
  3. Member States’ Structural Reforms and Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21
  4. Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21
  5. Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6
  6. Lawyer-Linguist – (BG); (CS); (FR); (GA); (HU); (PL) EPSO/AD/383 to 388/21
  7. Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)
  8. Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

AST and AST/SC competitions

  1. Technicians and support workers- Technicians( AST3) EPSO/AST/150/21 In 3 fields and Laboratory support workers (AST-SC EPSO/AST-SC/11/21)
  2. Proofreaders/language editors – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese – EPSO/AST/148/21
  3. Secretaries SC 1 and SC2 EPSO/AST-SC/10/20

Almost finalised Competitions

  1. Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7
  2. Nuclear inspectors EPSO/AST/149/21
How candidates see themselves when they get an invitation to the Assessment Centre.

WARNING – as we see too much drama around the competitions, we have made an extra effort to make all this a bit more palatable and funny. You can pass the competitions with a smile! (Still, note that the information is as accurate as EPSO competitions allow us to be).

When should I start to prepare the Assessment Centre?

This a recurring question and very relevant to prepare successfully for the Assessment Centre. Our answer is based on our experience and the experience of our successful candidates. We would advise you to begin the preparation for the Assessment Centre the moment you get an invitation for it. Assessment Centres (or at least the EPSO ones) are based on (or aim to measure your) competences and your expertise on a certain domain, they don’t require you to show knowledge, you will rather have to present to the board all that you can offer to the European institutions. To do so, you need practice above all.

What if I start to prepare as soon as I get a message saying that my competition is in the Talent Screener phase? Well, of course you can do it. However, you need to take several elements into consideration :

Your face when you get the invitation for the Assessment.
  • It can take months until the Talent Screener evaluations are over . EPSO doesn’t have a standard duration so you study without a clear horizon and you may run of stamina before the process really begins.
  • There are more candidates than spots in the Assessment Centre. Depending on the competition, the proportion of candidates who make it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase varies from 8 up to 12 times the number of openings. So it’s not easy. You can end up studying without being selected afterward. Is this a waste of time? NO! It can be reused in other EPSO competitions and other selection processes but it could also trigger some lose of hope in our chances to work in the EU. Lack of motivation is probably your worse enemy in this process.
  • Waiting time can be used to set up an action plan when you get the invitation for Assessment Centre. Because the moment you get the invitation, you have to run! Time and energy must be devoted to this goal. And don’t mind if EPSO is ruining your holidays because you have to prepare for the Assessment Centre. It is for your own good! (it happened to us too!)

What about my competition?

Let’s go competition by competition (from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please be aware that the following analysis is done based on the information published on the EPSO webpage and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.- Administrator in the field of Data protection EPSO/AD/393/21

That’s all the info we got. EPSO is publishing some dates step by step
  • Status: At the moment we are writing this, no news from this competition, but the Computer-based field-related Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test is expected before the year ends announced for the beginning of 2022, good! few more weeks to study with the risk of Christmas time in the middle (mind that!). Also, don’t forget to check your EPSO profile twice per week!. We did our full analysis of this competition here that we suggest to read, specially because the marking system is a bit different from what we are used to.
  • Next steps: Computer-based field-related Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test from EPSO’s accredited centres or remotely.
  • What to prepare: obviously the field test. As regards the material you should study, we suggest to have a look at all the regulations and procedures on data protection quoted in the point «WHAT TASKS CAN I EXPECT TO PERFORM?» from the notice of competition and the Annex- I.

2.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

  • Status: Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3)? Well, not much has changed. In total, there has been 1454 applications (split in 710, 465 and 289 respectively on each profile). As for the spots available, there are 47, 30 and 30 respectively. So the wise EPSO decided to do the eligibility check first (CV screening) and then continue to the Talent Screener evaluation.
  • Next steps: CV screening and Talent Screener evaluations will take a while so we expect the Assessment Centre not sooner than the beginning of 2022, even later in Spring, considering there are other competitions a bit ahead of this one and will overlap in time.
  • What to prepare: When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study , Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones.

3.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1
Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

  • Status: As you remember, the candidates applying for the Structural Reforms competition were far more than expected and the CBT was called upfront. Results were out at end of October and (again) candidates must be patient and wait for the results of the Talent Screener. After that, for those of you with the highest marks, around 135 for structural reforms and 75 for Schengen acquis will be invited to the Assessment Centre (end 2021 or most likely beginning of 2022).
  • Next Steps: drink some hot mild tea to relax, this will take a while. We don’t expect the results of the Talent Screener evaluations and the invitations to the Assessment Centre until Spring 2022 (if lucky by the end of winter 2022)
  • What to prepare: When the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare the following: Case Study, General competency-based interview, Situational Competency base interview (SCBI) and then the Field test (interview and written test). If you think we can help you with our training, remember to check our next sessions or join our Telegram information channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

4.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

  • Status: It has been a long time since we did our analysis of this competition but it’s still valid. The eligibility checks were done and the Talent Screener evaluation results for 518 lucky candidates are expected in any moment of the coming days (early November).
  • Next Steps: EPSO usually prefers to execute the Assessment Centre in single blocks, without any holidays in the middle. Considering there are 135 candidates to be invited to the Assessment Centre, it will be difficult to get them through the oral test before Christmas. However, the written part could come before or right after Christmas time. Stay alert and ready!
  • What to prepare: Candidates will face the following tests: Case study; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field-related ones (Interview and written test). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

5.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

We thought about putting a screenshot from the competition but you know that one too well so we found our Agri-croqueta funnier and more encouraging.
  • Status: So the CBT was done in summer but results took time to settle on the earth and germinate (bad joke). So first, candidates got the CBT results and then the eligibility checks were performed (whole analysis here). The last week of October candidates got their results for that and were informed about who made it to the Talent Screener evaluation phase.
  • Next Steps: Now EPSO has to evaluate more than 500 Talent Screeners, so this will take a while. We don’t count to see any results until February next year (at least), so your Assessment Centre invitations will blossom with the Spring lights.
  • What to do: Wait for the formal invitation to the Assessment Centre, then the hard work begins! Make some slots in your agenda for the time the Assessment Centre comes. You will have to prepare tests such as: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related ones (the interview and the written test). And stay tuned to any news by joining our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

6.-LAWYER-LINGUISTS (AD 7) EPSO/AD/383/21 – Bulgarian (BG); EPSO/AD/384/21 – Czech (CS); EPSO/AD/385/21 – French (FR); EPSO/AD/386/21 – Irish (GA); EPSO/AD/387/21 – Hungarian (HU); EPSO/AD/388/21 – Polish (PL)

  • Status: The brave candidates of this competition faced the CBT in summer and now have been called to to the Translation Test (up to 8 times the number of available spots). It will take place in December and after its evaluation, those with the highest marks (4 times the number of spots) will be invited to the Assessment Centre.
  • Next Steps: The correction of this kind of test takes time, we don’t expect further news until end February or later, and the Assessment Centre for Spring.
  • What to do: Once the Assessment Centre becomes a reality, candidates will face: General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the not so common Oral presentation. As for the the Field related tests, there will be another Oral presentation and a summary in language 1 from the Language 3 without dictionary (that will be tough). Don’t forget to stay tuned for what will come next by joining our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

7.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! EPSO committed itself with an indicative date for the results, we hope this will be the good one.
  • Status: After a very long wait, candidates received their results by the end of September. But no further information was provided. EPSO is currently running the eligibility checks and we expect to know who has passed to the Talent Screener evaluation phase in the second half of November.
  • Next Steps: Still in the preliminary phases, the evaluation of the Talent Screeners will take a couple of months (at least), so we bet its results will be published at end of winter (end-feb/begining march) and the Assessment Centre will come in Spring.
  • What to do: Once the Assessment Centre becomes a reality, Candidates will face: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related tests (Interview and written test). Stay tuned for our next training sessions if you think we can help you with our training. Another way of staying tuned is to join our telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

8.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

EU law results are in the balance. Hope it will be swing in your favour!
  • Status: It looks like yesterday when we shared our analysis and the sources to study EU law. Then, we spent summer struggling with the intermediate EU Law test (big applause for the 70 candidates who spent this summer with us and suffered our hard tests to prepare for this phase), and then came the long wait to get the results. Good news!!! The results were published mid November and now candidates are waiting to know the passing mark and with it, the invitation to the Assessment Centre.
  • Next Steps: We can expect this Assessment Centre to be the first of the year and begin in January (there is no time to do it before Christmas). So make sure you devote some time during the Christmas season to prepare all the tests. After that, there won’t be any time.
  • What to do: Right, after cheering for the new year, we can expect to face the following tests in the Assessment Centre: General competency-based interview; Role Play (yes, the new test); Oral Presentation and last but not least, well it’s even more important, the Field Written test. If you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

AST and AST/SC competitions

1.-Technicians and support workers- Technicians( AST3) EPSO/AST/150/21 In 3 fields : Field 1: Audiovisual and conference technicians; Field 2: Building technicians; Field 3: Laboratory technicians and Laboratory support workers (AST-SC 1) EPSO/AST-SC/11/21

  • Status (updated after EPSO info release): At the moment we are writing this, the application period has just closed and no disclosure of the number of applications has just been released (389 candidates for 92 spots in Audiovisual, 663 for 114 spots in building, 378 for 20 in Laboratory spots and 176 for 15 spots on laboratory support) , and we know that EPSO will start with the Talent Screener evaluations, the computer-based MCQ tests (also known CBT for friends) will take place during the assessment. Full analysis here: 1st part, 2nd part.
  • Next steps: check your EPSO profile regularly. In the unlikely scenario of the CBT coming first, it could be done by December. The most likely scenario is that the first thing to come will be the CV/eligibility check and then the Talent Screener evaluation. If so, don’t expect your Assessment Centre until end of Spring 2022.
  • What to prepare: Good moment to briefly review your CBT notes and warm up a little, just in case, but don’t exhaust yourself practicing. Remember that the formula for success in the CBT is 3/4 of calm and 1/4 of practice.

2.-Proofreaders/language editors – EPSO/AST/148/21 – Greek, Spanish, Estonian, Gaelic, Italian, Portuguese

Do you recognize yourself?
  • Status: It has been a while since candidates were informed that this competition was moving towards the Talent Screener evaluation. Results should be soon published.
  • Next Step : EPSO usually prefers to execute the Assessment Centre in single blocks, without any holidays in the middle. Considering there will be135 candidates invited to the Assessment Centre, we see difficult to get them through the oral test before Christmas but the written part could come before or right after Christmas time. Stay alert and ready!
  • What to prepare: Candidates will face: Case study ; General competency-based interview; Situational competency-based interview and the Field related tests (Proofreading and correcting a text). Check our next training sessions if you think we can help you (we think we can).

3.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

  • Status: After a long summer struggling with the Word test, (Word-MS Office skills to be EPSO-precise) and a long waiting until some candidates left behind could take their exam (their Prometric centre was not available), the results are expected in the second half of November, in December (following EPSO information) fingers crossed for all of you.
  • Next step: If not done when they publish the results, they have to perform the eligibility check afterwards so the process will put us in the beginning of 2022 to get the invitations for the Assessment Centre.
  • What to prepare: If you pass the Word test and have a CV that matches the profile of this competition, your chances of being invited to the Assessment Centre are quite high (remember that the number of candidates who took the Word test was relatively low, nearly 2 times those who will be invited to the Assessment Centre). Then, when the Assessment Centre comes, you will have to prepare 2 role play tests (yes, a new type of test but not such a big deal ;-)) and the Field-related interview. The positive thing about this Assessment Centre is that you can focus all your strength in the preparation on only two types of tests. Of course, if you think we can help you with our training, you can check our next sessions or register for the next ones or join our Telegram channel where we’ll alert you when the moment comes.

Almost finalised

1.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Evidence of the last try to do the Case Study. We don’t post all the previous attempts or this will look like an never ending soap-opera.
  • Status: Your are right, this competition opened in December 2019. However, as international cooperation projects experts know, nobody said it would be easy or short. The COVID crisis made things quite difficult and this competition got stuck for many months. Then the Assessment Centre was organised on a test by test basis, instead of taking all the Assessment Centre tests in the same day, which took a big part of 2021. But the «best» came at the end: the Case study and the Field written test, put the candidates in a very difficult situation as the interface/platform of the exam didn’t work as expected (or at all) and many candidates have to repeat the exam now.
  • Next Steps: Only the case study is left for those candidates taking it again. We really hope this N-time will be the good one. Perhaps you will be lucky and get the results of this competition before the Christmas break (crossing our fingers for you!).
  • What to prepare: to wish all the best of luck (with the IT platform) to the candidates for their exam and for those who trusted us to help them with preparation of the test: Do it as you know! You have prepared hard for it and you are more than ready.

2.-Nuclear inspectors  EPSO/AST/149/21

Most likely status of the candidates in this competition, until the results are out.
  • Status: After a long struggle , this competition is about to end. Also, it is a good example of the evaluation procedure. Applications closed in April, and 440 brave candidates presented theirs. Around 80 didn’t fulfill the eligibility criteria, so 359 went to the Talent Screener phase, of which 118 were invited now to the Assessment Centre that took place this Autumn. As a souvenir, here some images of the process.
  • Next Steps: Wait, then stock some hot drinks, amusements and think of any other activity. If lucky, results will come by the end of this year, otherwise by the beginning of 2022.
  • What to prepare: Get ready for the Christmas holiday and get yourself a bottle of champagne. If you pass, open it to celebrate, if not, open it to close the long wait and boost your morale for next time. Your experience will be very valuable.

Life after the competition… Let’s end with a sweet story

Each of these croqUEtillas has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! In the last months we got the results of three competitions, namely Specialists in legal research-Lawyers-EPSO/AD/365/19, to EPSO/AD/370/19, Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7, and graduate Administrators (AD5 Generalist) EPSO/AD/373/19 AD5. Two dozens of former-candidates, now laurates, to join the reserve lists and become officers in the European Institutions. Despite the challenges, the long waiting periods, the uncertainty and the new SCBI, 24 people (our «croqUEtillas» as we fondly nicknamed them) are now in the reserve list and most of them are already or right in the process of becoming Officers of the European Institutions. They did their best and we helped them to perform at their maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

The competitions are moving!! EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!

Dear all,

and more competitions are striking for the first time

The summer break is here but it doesn’t mean we can stop, EPSO moves on and so we do, as we cannot choose what kind of surprises we get, so the best thing we can do is to adapt to them. EPSO is committed to make the competitions possible, And after long struggle, there is an end for each competition, read until the end of this article to see what happened to our candidates SPOILER!!! Believe it or not, there is a happy ending for those of you in the EPSO competitions.

Something you should (absolutely) know

Las 22nd December, a modification (addendum) of several competitions was published that included two relevant facts and one reminder :

  • Fact 1 : All active competitions will be evaluated online. Including CBT (also you can take this test in the old traditional CBT facility /Prometric center)
  • Fact 2 : When they say online, they mean it for all tests (CBT, knowledge test, E-tray, Assessment Centre). Online tests can be done both at EPSO’s test centers or at home (all this possibility should be clearly indicated in the official communications through your candidate profile).
  • Reminder : SCBI or Situational Competence Based Interview replaces the group exercise for online testing (not big deal, let us know when you are there, we know it well and our successful candidates too 😉

In case you are skeptical on these facts, allow us to copy some points extracted from the addendums :

Here you have the reference, online CBT testing is a reality

How is your competition doing among EPSO competitions?

Let’s go competition by competition to clarify it (we’ll follow from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please, be aware the following analysis is done based on the information published in EPSO web page and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3) ? well, not much have changed. In total there has been 1454 split in 710, 465 and 289 application on each profile respectively. So the wise EPSO has decided to go to the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the beginning of 2022. When the moment for the assessment comes, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

2.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1
Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Well, finally the expert in Structural reforms were far more than expected and the CBT has been called upfront and literally while we were writting this, EPSO decided to inform on the dates. the 4th August opens the booking period. CBT exams will take place from 2nd to 10th September. After that, for those of you with the highest marks. Let’s say around 450 , 1 out 4 of the candidates who applied for Structural reform support and around 250 for Schengen acquis, 1 out of 1,5 (not bad, eh??) will go the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation, After it, the highest mark in the talent, around 135 for structural reform and 75 for Schengen, will be invited to the assessment (end 2021 or most likely beginning of 2022) . If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

3.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

Do you remember our analysis of this competition ? well, it has advanced!!! the eligibility checks is done and it moves to the Talent Screener. 518 lucky candidates will be checked thoroughly to evaluate their merits, of which, only the 135with the highest marks in the talent will go to the assessment. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. And when the moment to prepare the assessment comes, and you think we can help you, check our next training sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

4.-Nuclear inspectors number: EPSO/AST/149/21

This competition is a good example of the evaluation procedure. Applications closed in April, 440 brave candidates presented their application. Around 80 didn’t fulfil the eligibility criteria, so 359 went to the talent, of which 118 are invited now to the assessment that will take place in Autumn. So, it’s time to prepare it! Second half of September will take place the case study (our article on it), then October-November are expected the Competence based interview, field related interview and situational competence interview. If you are interested in our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

5.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

So the CBT is done (according to EPSO last date was 26th July) and let’s hope everybody got its opportunity to take the CBT. Assuming this, results should be ready by September. Then, those successful candidates with the highest marks will jump into CV screening (approx. the first 550 by ranking in marks) and afterwards Talent Screener evaluation from which , a selected group of 165 candidates will be invited to the assessment. Most probably by end of this year to take the assessment beginning of 2022.

6.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! EPSO committed itself with an indicative date for the results, we hope this will be the good one.

We know all of you (to be precise the 11498 of you) who applied for this competition and almost of all you who took already the CBT, are anxious to get the results, but you will have to wait until the end of the summer break to get them. There may be a few of you that because of the pandemics didn’t have the opportunity to take the test, without them ,the next phase ( eligibility test and talent screener) can’t be launched. The good news are that phase looks closer and results are announce for mid-September. Wait patiently (no other option is possible) and you will be rewarded (finger crossed for all of you)

7.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Here we go! after the summer break, we’ll have our test on EU law, don’t forget to take the treaties with you this summer!

Yes, many of you took the CBT when you were supposed to do so, that is, from end November until mid-December (green square). But still, many (hundreds or even thousands) candidates couldn’t due to Covid-restrictions. In December 2020, EPSO committed itself to give them an opportunity and there it goes (red square). The negative effect of this is that you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement) well…That has been done!!!! We are now facing the EU LAW test (here some free resources and books suggestions) in September, with the linguistic comprehension test. If you think we can help you with the EU LAW test, join our next training, aimed to help you to study during the tempting summer break. .

8.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Your memory is right, this competition opened in December 2019 and the CBT was done couple of months later but, as international cooperation projects, nobody said it would be easy or short. Right after the end of the CBT, the lockdown began and this competition went frozen. Now, seems it’s getting warm again but not too much. Case study was announced for January but finally it will take place after the summer break??? (we’ll see, it’s been 3 times since the pushed it back) and the Assessment continues, now with the Competence based interview. The end of it is foreseen by end of October (we really hope so, courage!!)

In the meantime, dear candidates, keep your stamina and resilience up. If you need some help with the case study or with the pending assessment test, check here.

9.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

Well, many have asked about this competition and when the second test (the one about Word-MS Office skills) could take place. Apparently not yet. Still quite a few candidates haven’t taken their CBT test, so a new window is open to book and do the CBT. This opportunity comes with a cost, you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO already said in its 15 December announcement). Still, there is light at the end of the tunnel and the intermediate test (Word test) has been announce for September. We are preparing some trainings for it, If you think we can help you with the WORD office 2016 test, inscribe/show your interest in our next training, aimed to help you the moment you will invited to it. .

And the good news are?

Each of these croqUEtillas has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! In the last months we got the results of three competitions, namely Specialists in legal research-Lawyers-EPSO/AD/365/19, to EPSO/AD/370/19, Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7, and graduate Administrators (AD5 Generalist) EPSO/AD/373/19 AD5. Two dozens of former-candidates, now laurates, to join the reserve lists and become officers in the European Institutions. Despite the challenges, the long waiting periods, the uncertainty and the new SCBI. 24 people (our «croqUEtillas» as we fondly nicknamed them) are now in the reserve list. They did their best and we helped them to perform at the maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

In these challenging times, it’s time to take care of your beloved ones and of yourself, but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep) your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

The CBT tests are back : EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!

Dear all,

The new year is bringing lots of surprises. Apparently we cannot choose what kind of surprises we get, so the best thing we can do is to adapt to them. EPSO is committed to make the competitions possible, despite all odds being against, so they have launched new dates for the exams. SPOILER!!! Believe it or not, there is a happy ending for those of you in the competitions. Keep reading until the end 😉

Something you should (absolutely) know

Las 22nd December, a modification (addendum) of several competitions was published that included two relevant facts and one reminder :

  • Fact 1 : All active competitions will be evaluated online.
  • Fact 2 : When they say online, they mean it for all tests (CBT, E-tray, Assessment Centre). Online tests can be done both at EPSO’s test centres or at home (all this will be clearly indicated in the official communications through your candidate profile).
  • Reminder : SCBI or Situational Competence Based Interview replaces the group exercise for online testing.

In case you are skeptical on these facts, allow us to copy some points extracted from the addendums :

  • For this competition the computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres. (from Administrators (AD 5/AD 7) in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 addendum).
  • For this competition the assessment tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres ( from Parliamentary ushers EPSO/AST-SC/08/19).
  • For this competition the intermediate computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) Microsoft Office Word skills test will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres. + For this competition the assessment tests will now be organised either remotely or in one of EPSO’s accredited test centres ( from Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 addendum).

How does the Covid crisis affect your EPSO competitions?

Let’s go competition by competition to clarify it (we’ll follow from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please, be aware the following analysis is done based on the information published in EPSO web page and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Always careful with the indicative dates

We know all of you (to be precise the 11498 of you) who applied for this competition are anxious to begin with the CBT, but you will have to wait until the beginning of February???? for the booking opening, and until end February or beginning of March to take the exam. Yes, it’s the 4th time EPSO has delayed the dates (initially the booking opening was intended for December) so we can not be 100% sure about this time. Nevertheless, the fact all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates gives us some solid hope this time it will be the right one (in case you still need some help with the CBT check this).

Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Dear law experts, remember to include the word «indicative» in your thoughts

Yes, many of you took the CBT when you were supposed to do so, that is, from end November until mid-December (green square). But still, many (hundreds or even thousands) candidates couldn’t due to Covid-restrictions. In December 2020, EPSO committed itself to give them an opportunity and there it goes (red square). The negative effect of this is that you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement) Be careful and check the current restrictions to know if this try is the good one in case you absolutely want to take the CBT in a Prometric facility, or you need to prepare your home for it. We are not interior experts but for the CBT itself, we can help, check this.

Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Yes, right, this opened in December 2019 and the CBT was done couple of months later but, as international cooperation projects, nobody said it would be easy or short. Right after the end of the CBT, the lockdown began and this competition went frozen. Now, seems it’s getting warm again but not too much. Case study was announced for January but finally it was postponed until February (from home? only the pandemic knows) and after that, well at least a couple of months after that, we can expect the rest of the assessment tests. With the latest update, the case study is scheduled for April (then most likely in the Prometric centers) and after that the rest of the Assessment (April and May).

In the meantime, dear candidates, keep your stamina and resilience up. If you need some help with the case study, check here.

Graduate Administrators EPSO/AD/373/19

The flagship of the competitions, also known as Generalist, is still frozen. The fact its Assessment Centre didn’t begin before the pandemic doesn’t help and 294 of you are testing your resilience to limits you couldn’t imagine. So far, priority has been given to Competition Law and Auditors that had already began (and have far less candidates to assess).

It seems once Audit is moving again, Generalists won’t take long to begin. Winter lasts until 21st of March, so be patient and probably you will be rewarded in mid-February with some good news (or some news, at least). The clever people from EPSO read this post and decided after its publication to release the dates , so brace yourself, in April the competition begins until June. Plenty of time to prepare but better to begin early. If you need some help with the case study, check here.


Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7

Candidates in the Auditors’ competition were puzzled when the new dates for Assessement were published as they split the Assessment into two events with different dates for AD5 and AD7, and then we got a Remote Assessment and Situational Competency-based interview (SCBI for short). Why? As the Audit competition already started in March 2020 (yes, a long time ago), some candidates only need to take the SCBI , as they already have gone through the Assessment Centre with a group exercise. Being precise, in 2020, 257 candidates in AD5 and 118 in AD7 were invited to the Assessment, now, in 2021, 195 and 111 respectively (so 62 and 7 need to go through the SCBI only, if someone hasn’t retired from the competition or retired from the working life after such a long time).

Specialists in legal research – Lawyers – CY,EL,HU,IT,LV,PL EPSO/AD/365/19 to EPSO/AD/370/19

It’s a bit paradoxical that it takes longer to list all these competitions than the time the Assessment will take for these 6 competitions with 2 profiles each (AD5 and AD7). Restarted recently, their SCBI was publish and the first profile Legal research -lawyers – Cyprus will begin first week of February (between 3-5 February), while the last, Italian and Polish are scheduled for first half of March. No much time to prepare the interviews and SCBI although it should be enough if you focus on the task.

Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

Mamma mia! here we go again!

Well, many have asked about this competition and when the second test (the one about Word-MS Office skills) could take place. Apparently not yet. Several hundreds, even rumors say couple of thousands haven’t taken their CBT test, so a new window is open to book and do the CBT. This opportunity comes with a cost, you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement).Then, will the exam be in the Prometric-CBT facilities or at home? Stay alert and read carefully the invitation that you will receive in your candidate’s folder. Because of Covid, many restrictions have been imposed in European states so the «at home» modality is getting more likely everyday. Still, the exam will be the same, so get ready! If you think we can help, check this.

Conference Operators EPSO/AST-SC/09/19

Winter is coming…or perhaps Spring…stay tunned

If you are part of this competition and you were waiting for the next exams, you will get them with a vengeance. After several announcement and interruptions, now both, CBT and E-tray are announced for the end of February for the 75 of you who are still in it. Be careful with the length of this exam (65 minutes of CBT + 60 of E-tray can be dangerous if we don’t manage our energies correctly). After that, or perhaps at the same time, more news should come on the Assessment Centre (not too long, just 2 interviews : competence-based and field-related). So be ready to get fresh news right after the CBT and E-tray! Meanwhile we are crossing our fingers to see it becomes real and also thinking you could provide a tip or two to the EPSO staff on how to organise a online conference or an online assessment without technical interruptions .


Parliamentary Ushers EPSO/AST-SC/08/19 – SC 1 and SC 2

Both SC1 and SC2 of Parliamentary Ushers got the same calendar

Well, they say a Parliamentary Usher must be patient with the MEPs, so consider this process (that began in July 2019) a testing method of your patience. Still, in Autum-Winter of 2020 you got the opportunity of taking the CBT and now, 52 in SC1 and 81 in SC2 candidates will go through the Assessment Centre. A role play , competence based interview, language test and field related interview are waiting for you. Scary? Not much. You have until Spring (lets say April or beyond) to prepare it. don’t miss it! (and if you need some help with these test, here our proposal)

And the good news are?

Each of these croqUEtillas (tender nickname for our candidates) has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD7 officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! Administrators in Competition Law EPSO/AD/374/19 , which had the privilege to be the first competition restarted in the online-Assessment mode has ended and the results went public. It was particularly challenging as they replaced the group exercise with the SCBI and part of the candidates had already gone through the Assessment in March, despite all this, 10 of our candidates are now in the reserve list. They did their best and we helped them to perform at the maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

In these challenging times, it’s time to take care of your beloved ones and of yourself, but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep) your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

We are really happy about this (the candidates even more). And that’s why we share it with you.

Adiós 2020, bienvenido 2021

Pues si, parece mentira pero el 2020 llega a su fin, con ello nos ponemos un pelín nostálgicos (que fue un año intenso) y nos preparamos para arrancar el 2021 que esperamos nos permita salir de casa un poco más, disfrutar de nuestra gente querida y llegar a conseguir la ansiada plaza en la instituciones europeas.

¿Cómo fue el 2020 para EPSO y todos los candidatos?

La cosa no estuvo fácil. Arrancamos el 2020 con 10 Recursos gratuitos para el EPSO , luego ya vino el COVID y comenzamos a analizar la situación EPSO y Corona-virus ¿cómo nos epso-afecta? . El virus no impidió que siguiéramos respondiendo vuestras dudas (Otras) 6 dudas más comunes para las oposiciones europeas ni tampoco que os informáramos de cuando todo se reactivó EPSO CONTRATACA: viejas y nuevas oposiciones en marcha. La parte final del año, desde la perspectiva Covid y todos los cambios que nos ha traído, lo resumimos aquí EPSO y Covid. El EPSO debe continuar

Con el arranque de nuevas oposiciones, surgió la eterna pregunta ¿Cuándo preparar las oposiciones europeas? (edición generalistas) que respondimos con nuestro mejor experiencia, igualmente lo hicimos para otros perfiles ¿Cuándo preparar las oposiciones europeas? (edición especialistas). En paralelo fuimos analizan las convocatorias que salieron en verano : Analizamos la convocatoria de Secretarios/as SC1-SC2 de la Unión Europea; Analizamos la convocatoria de EU-law; Analizamos la convocatoria de External Relations. Y tampoco podía faltar nuestra ayudita para saber ¿Dónde estudiar EU law? cuyas notas de CBT saldrán en algún momento de enero o principios de febrero y nos llevarán directos al examen de conocimiento de la EU law

Además, mucha gente comenzó a interesarse por primera vez por esto de las oposiciones europeas y nos preguntaba si su perfil tenía cabida, así que decidimos preparar la madre de todas las respuestas ¡Aquí no se queda ningún perfil fuera! Mi perfil es … ¿qué oportunidades tengo de trabajar en la Unión Europea? | Ya semos europeos . Decidimos cerrar el año explicando, con Los 10 mandamientos del opositor las claves que todo buen opositor debe considerar para triunfar y acceder a su plaza

Mientras tanto, nuestros cursos para ayudaros han seguido online a todo ritmo (realizamos más de 9 cursos online de CBT , formaciones de CAST, y perdimos la cuenta de las sesiones de Assessment para preparar CBI, SCBI, presentación oral y caso práctico. Incluso con todo lo ocurrido, nos dio para organizar dos formaciones presenciales en Madrid de CBT y de Assessment en Febrero y Septiembre (con todas las precauciones) .

¿Qué podemos esperar en 2021?

Pues esperamos un año cargadito. El retraso acumulado de la competiciones motiva que arrancamos el año con los exámenes CBT de external relations. Al mismo tiempo, ya tenemos anunciadas y se irán abriendo (situación covid mediante)

  • Traductores (nivel AD5) de Sueco, Finlandés, Alemán, Danés (os recordamos que, en base a las convocatorias de otros años, no se pide tener título o ser nativo de esos idiomas. Para llegar a la lista de reserva «bastará» con superar las pruebas prácticas de traducción, que no serán fáciles, además de las de competencias. ) ¡Anunciada para el 7 de enero! (pero atentos al 3 de enero, fecha de retorno de EPSO de las vacaciones, por si hubiera cambios)
  • Jurístas linguistas (nivel AD 7) en Búlgaro ,Polaco , Checo, , Francés, Irlandés Húngaro – ¡Anunciada para el 21 de enero! (pero atentos al 3 de enero, fecha de retorno de EPSO de las vacaciones, por si hubiera cambios)
  • Correctores de pruebas (nivel AST 3) Griego ,Portugés , Italiano,Irlandés (Gaélico),Estonio , Español pinta bien, pero requerirá presentar méritos de varios años trabajando en tareas similares. Los analizaremos en detalle cuando salgan. Se espera salga entre enero y marzo.
  • Expertos en apoyo técnico a las reformas estructurales de los Estados miembros (nivel AD 7) oposición que requiere un alto nivel de especialización, al menos 6 años de experiencia en este área técnica para poder presentarse. Veremos los detalles. Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Inspectores nucleares(nivel AST 3) otra oposición de alto contenido técnico. Si habéis trabajado en este ámbito o en áreas técnicas similares ¡Esta será la vuestra! Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Administradores en el ámbito de la agricultura y el desarrollo rural sostenibles (nivel AD 6) el sector agrícola concentra un gran número de profesionales, aunque no lo parezca, así que confiamos será una oposición popular y sobre todo con bastantes plazas para todos los que tengáis experiencia (echarle al menos 3 años) . Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • Administradores en el ámbito de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos (nivel AD 6) Si la química es lo tuyo y llevas por lo menos 3 añitos dedicándote en cuerpo y reacciones químicas al tema, es una gran oportunidad. Se espera salga antes de finales de marzo.
  • ¿Generalistas? no hay nada confirmado, pero semos optimistas y pensamos que este verano arrancará la oposición de generalistas 2021. Igualmente para otros perfiles, EPSO tiene que recuperar el tiempo perdido. Os iremos informando

¿Y Ya Semos Europeos qué hará?

Pues seguiremos fieles a nuestro compromiso de ayudaros. Iremos publicando nuevas entradas con informaciones relevantes para vuestra preparación, compartiremos nuestros análisis de las nuevas convocatorias y más sorpresas.

Además, podréis apuntaros a nuestros cursos online de CBT, que a partir de ahora, tenéis uno cada mes y siempre adaptándonos a las convocatorias que se vayan publicando y demanden algún tipo de prueba especial en el CBT. En cuanto sea posible volveremos a Madrid son todos los meses. En la fase de assessment , por supuesto, podéis contar con nosotros, incluso para la nueva prueba SCBI que ya hemos preparado con éxito, aquí tenéis nuestras próximas fechas y formaciones.. Y no os perdáis nuestras formaciones de CAST próximas programas el 24 enero y 21 de febrero, habrá más anunciadas en unas semanas, nuestro objetivo es hacer 1 al mes.

¡El 2021 será tuyo!

EPSO y Covid. El EPSO debe continuar

Hola a todos,

puerta epso -cerrada
Aunque parezca mentira, es real. Pero en forma online ¡la fiesta sigue!

Efectivamente estamos viviendo tiempos peculiares, la situación causada por la segunda ola de covid19 nos sigue trayendo de cabeza y además de no dejarnos salir de casa, no nos deja hacer presentarnos a las oposiciones europeas con tranquildad. Las informaciones se suceden a diario y todo es muy cambiante, las instituciones y los profesionales que saben de los virus informan al respecto ( Ministerio salud, Comisión Europea, etc.) así que desde YSE a ellos nos remitimos para hablar de la enfermedad dichosa. Nosotros en cambio os proponemos hablar del EPSO para ayudar a pasar el mal trago y poner un poquito de claridad y esperanza entre tanto nervio y encierro.

¿Qué está pasando en las oposiciones?

Pues bien, vamos por pasos para no perdernos

Paso 1 : las que estaban en fase de assessment (la fase final) se vuelven a poner en marcha.

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la cartita con el aviso de suspensión allá por Marzo 2020, ahora la cosa se reactivó.

Tras un largo parón, las competiciones que estaban en marcha : generalistas EPSO/AD/373/19, auditores EPSO/AD/372/19, etc…han anunciado que recomienzan. La primera la de expertos en el area de legilación de la competencia, legislación financiera,etc (EPSO/AD/374/19). que tendrán su oportunidad a finales de Noviembre y principios de Dicembre. El resto de competiciones en fase de assessment (Generalistas EPSO/AD/373/19 , Audit EPSO/AD/372/19, etc.) tendrán lugar a partir de Enero de 2021. Todas ellas se harán online y desde casa (si, desde casa, ya escribiremos un poco más al respecto)

Paso 2 : ¿ Y las que salían este verano/otoño (secretarios, EUlaw, External relations)? EL CBT se hará contra viento y marea.

Oposiciones como la de secretariado, EU law y External relations, se anunciaron para primavera y luego verano. Tras muchas aventuras, finalmente se abrieron para la inscripción durante el periodo estival hasta el otoño. Ahora, con las inscripciones ya cerradas, toca ir eligiendo fecha para el examen y lo mas divertido ¡examinarse.! La primera en hacer los test es Secretariado, que tienen lugar del 3 al 19 de noviembre, EU law los hará entre el 23 noviembre y el 16 de diciembre y External Relations serán en enero-febrero de 2021. ¿Seguro? ¿me lo juras por croqUEta? o mejor formuladas, estas son las preguntas que se te están pasando por la cabeza: ¿Podre examinarme si en mi ciudad/país estamos confinados?¿Cómo saber lo que pasa con mi centro de examen?¿Y sí me llega un aviso que mi examen ha sido cancelado? Si nos sigues leyendo, las respondemos.

Duda I : ¿Podre examinarme si en mi ciudad/país estamos confinados? SÍÍÍI!!!.

Esta pregunta trae a muchos candidatos de cabeza y da igual cual sea tu oposición. EPSO ya ha avisado que son conscientes de la posibilidad que no todo el mundo pueda examinarse en las fechas establecidas, pero prefieren arriesgarse (sino todos los procesos podrían quedar paralizados más de un año) y seguir con las precauciones debidas. Para ello han abierto la posibilidad de rescatar a aquellos que no se pudieron examinar

Aquí el aviso dado por EPSO tal que un 6 noviembre 2020. Puedes verlo en su web

Duda II : ¿Cómo saber lo que pasa con mi centro de examen?

La primera es verificando el status del centro en la web de Prometric (la entidad que subcontrata EPSO para los examanes). Aquí puedes ver los centros cerrados de Prometric y aquí puedes consultar los centros operativos, verás que la gran mayoría siguen abiertos, aunque con restricciones para garantizar la salud de todos. Recuerda que la mascarilla es obligatoria para realizar el examen en todos los centros.

Duda III ¿Y sí me llega un aviso que mi examen ha sido cancelado?

Algunos de vosotros nos habéis preguntado por esto. Ha habido gente en redes que compartio ese aviso y podemos decir que probablemente sea cierto. Ahora, calma, respira hondo y revisa las duda más frecuentes de Prometric. Ahí verás que en algunos casos, no muchos, los candidatos han visto sus citas (que no sus examenes) canceladas para adecuar el centro a las medidas de especiamiento y seguridad COVID. La oportunidad de examinarse sigue abierta, desconfia de toda información no oficial y acude siempre a la fuente EPSO y Prometric.

Paso 3 : ¿Y las que iban a salir en Otoño?

(Otras oposiciones como Administradores en el ámbito de la agricultura y el desarrollo rural sostenibles (EPSO/AD/389/20) y Administradores en el ámbito de la política de sustancias y preparados químicos (EPSO/AD/390/20) Siguen anunciadas para otoño 2020 (aunque llegaron a tener fecha de salida en Octubre y luego desapareció), es decir que podrían salir hasta el 20 de diciembre pero no descartemos, que con lo excepcional de la situación, salgan ya en enero 2021, con un panorama más despejado, EPSO se lanzará. [ACTUALIZACIÓN] Pues eso, que al poco de escribir esta entrada EPSO actualizó las fechas de salida, será para el primer trimestre de 2021 cuando nos vengan en bloque las oposiciones. Así que atentos a la vuelta de la Navidad.

Como véis, no faltan examenes de CAST en el horizonte ¡ A por ellos!

Paso 4 : ¿y el resto? ¿Qué pasa con los CAST?  Algunos habeis estado realizando vuestros examenes de cast ( los examenes tipo CBT) y la cosa sigue como estaba previsto. En caso que vuestro centro cierre por COVID, EPSO os invitará a la siguiente ronda de examenes en cuanto el centro reabra sus puertas.

Paso 5 :  ¿se volverá a paralizar todo? 

No, pero tiene pinta. Los chic@s de EPSO se están dejando la piel para que todo vuelva a cierta normalidad, pero seguro irá más lento. Recordad que además del examen en si, todo proceso de selección EPSO lleva mucho trabajo interno de las instituciones (y su personal). Ahora mismo todas las instituciones están en teletrabajo forzoso y volverán muy despacio a la normalidad (con sus fases y sus precauciones), así que las formaciones para evaluadores, las revisiones de examen o la publicacion de nuevas convocatorias puede que no lleguen al calendario previsto.

¿Ahora que hacemos?

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Desde YSE hemos decidido plantar cara al asunto y ayudaros allá donde estéis. En algún momento toda esta crisis pasará y los competiciones volverán a retomar su ritmo habitual, tal vez sea un buen momento para irse preparando con tiempo ¿a qué si? por eso proponemos varias opciones para aprovechar a tope este periodo de cuarentena (no sólo de probar recetas de cocina nuevas viven los candidatos)

  • Darle a la EPSO-lectura  ¿quieres saber más sobre los psicotécnicos o CBT? pincha aquí. ¿quieres conocer el assessment en profundidad? pues mira aquí. ¿otras formas de trabajar en la UE que no sea funcionario? este es tu hueco.
  • Visitar nuestor canal de youtube . Si te estás dando un atracón de Netflix y te has quedado sin series, aquí va un «documental» (bueno es una charlita que dimos el otro día) con explicaciones del proceso EPSO y como trabajar para instituciones, o  para ser becario de las mismas (como las golondrinas, los becarios volverán a los poblar los despachos de la Comisión). Si vais a lo práctico, aqui 3 (1, 2, 3)  muestras de los ejercicios de razonamiento abstracto (vendrán más en próximos días, tenemos a nuestra croqUEta encerrada en casa con nosotros 🙂
  • Practicar  para los próximos test  ¿cómo? con los recursos disponibles, entre ellos muchos gratuitos . Aquí  teneis nuestra recopilación de 10 gratis.
  • Apuntarse a un curso de CBT o sesiones para preparar el assessment ONLINE  si, nos habéis leido bien, seguimos ofreciendo nuestros cursos y formaciones online (gracias a los que habeis confiado en nosotros en los 10 cursos de CBT online que llevamos desde marzo). A falta de vernos las caras directamente, podemos seguir ayudando on-line con las mismas ganas. Ahora es un buen momento para sacar la «resiliencia» que llevamos dentro y ponermos a preparar lo que se avecina.
  • Pulir nuestra solicitud-aplicación de CAST. EL principal pecado de las candidaturas de CAST suele ser la falta de tiempo invertido para su preparación. Aquí tenéis una pequeña ayuda. Si queréis algo más directo, podeis mostrar vuestro interés o inscribiros en nuestra próxima sesión de formación on-line preparatoria de CAST aquí.

Ya sabéis, son tiempos donde toca cuidarse y cuidar a los que nos rodean, además de ir trabajar para cambiar el mal sueño que vivimos con el covid por nuestro sueño europeo.

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También podríamos haber puesto una bandeja de croqUEtas, pero ¿estás seguro que el trofeo no las tiene dentro?

¿Dónde estudiar EU law?

Hola a todos,

Tras nuestro sesudo análisis de la convocatoria, muchos nos habéis preguntado por recursos para estudiar EU law, así que vamos con una lista de referencias gratuitas y de pago (manuales académicos, nadie se nos asuste), para todos los gustos y que podáis ir estudiando el asunto.

Consejo YSE – Antes de que sigas leyendo, la primera fase es el CBT, psicoténicos nada de EU law, así que asegurate de pasar esa fase o este post será en vano y ni vosotros ni nosotros queremos eso. ¡La croqUEta que avisa no es traidora!

[actualización Julio 2021] ¡Enhorabuena si has aprobado el CBT, ahora a por la siguiente fase, para la cual este post te será de gran ayuda. Si además, quieres una ayuda extra, te dejamos el enlace para apuntarte a nuestro training de EU Law que realizaremos durante el verano.

Estudiar EU law de gratis

¿Es posible? lo es. Os vamos a proponer varias fuentes clásicas y muy completitas, solo con estas y un poco de esfuerzo propio para darle forma a toda la información, sería posible tener toda la información relevante :

Imagen del Museo de la Historia Europea que representa el número de páginas que ocupa impreso el acervo (reglas y leyes) europeo.
  • Los Tratados . ¿hay algo más básico y fundamental en el derecho europeo? dificilmente. En ellos encontrarás el proceso legislativo ordinario, el articulo 50 (el del Brexit), las competencias de cada institución, el principio de subsidiariead y mucho más. Para entender un poco mejor de donde viene todo, aquí una evolución de los tratados,
  • ABCE de la UE Si esto de los tratados te parece muy crudo, siempre puedes leerte el abc de la UE (en todos los idiomas de la UE), que recorre de forma asequilb
  • Las fichas del parlamento. Un clásico para tener una vision global de todas las políticas y acciones de las instituciones europeoas. No obsstante, estas sin duda son las más relevantes para lo que os interesa.
  • Sentencias del TJUE. Que no cuanda el pánico. Vamos a ver, si eres licenciado o graduado en Derecho, seguro que en la carrera vistes algo de derecho comunitario, sobretodo sentencias del Tribunal de Justicia de la UE . Si no te acuerdas de las más importantes, aquí te dejamos un listado elaborado por los Catedráticos Juan Ignacio Ugartemendia Eceizabarrena y Joxerramon Bengoetxea Caballero

Recordad que las instituciones europeas tienen muchas webs con información y recursos gratuitos para aprender sobre las mismas ¡Aprovechadlas!.

Estudiar EU law con manuales.

Tampoco tenemos que llegar a leernos todo esto

Ahora pasamos a la sección más académica. Con la ayuda de una croqUEtilla hemos elaborado el siguiente listado que os servirá de guía. Todos los manuales cubren un contenido parecido así que salvo que queraís contribuir al gremio de los libreros de forma hiperactiva, os bastaría con uno de los manuales de la lista (por eso mismo, evitamos los enlaces a Amazon, esos ya tienen muchos clientes). Os indicamos igualmente cual es nuestra opción favorita en cada idioma.

En lengua española

  • ALCAIDE FERNÁNDEZ, J. y CASADO RAIGÓN, R. Curso de Derecho de la Unión Europea. Tecnos, 3ª edición, 2018, ISBN 9788430972142
  • AA.VV. (coord. ESCOBAR HERNÁNDEZ, C.). Instituciones de la Unión Europea. Tirant Lo Blanc, 3ª edición, 2020, ISBN 9788491192923 (este lo tenéis recién salido, calentito calentito)
  • MANGAS MARTÍN, A. y LIÑÁN NOGUERAS, D. J. Instituciones y Derecho de la Unión Europea. Tecnos, 10ª edición, 2020, ISBN 9788430979592. Hay clásicos y clásicos, descontando los Tratados, el libro de la Profesora Araceli Mangas es lo siguiente a leer. El libro tiene una gran virtud, consigue que las citas a las sentencias del TJUE parezcan recursos a una novela de acción más que un engrudo juridico intragable. Incluso si no opositas pero quieres aprender de la UE, con fundamento, este es tu libro.

En lengua francesa

No puede faltar, que para algo era la de Schuman y Monnet. Realmente también hablaban otras, pero en francés los libros disponibles son buenos y llevan muchos años escribiendo sobre el tema, así que no podíamos dejarlos pasar.

En lengua inglesa

A pesar del Brexit, sigue habiendo vida del derecho europe en inglés, aunque tiene su guasa comprar en UK libros sobre el derecho UE (bueno , realmente los tendrían que haber leido más por allá)

  • BARNARD, C. y PEERS, S. European Union Law. Oxford University Press, 3ª edición, agosto de 2020, ISBN: 9780198855750
  • CHALMERS, D., DAVIES, G. y MONTI, G. European Union Law. Text and Materials. Cambridge University Press, 4ª edición, septiembre de 2019, ISBN: 9781108463591
  • CRAIG, P. y DE BÚRCA, G. EU Law. Text, Cases, and Materials. Oxford University Press, 7ª edición, julio de 2020. ISBN 9780198856641 – Un tocho de más de 1300 páginas. Dificil se les haya escapado algo, salvo el año sábatico para leerlo entero.

Y con esto, tenéis más que suficiente para aprender sobre los vericuetos de la UE y sus detalles juridicos. ¡Mucho ánimo! y ¡dadle duro!

Listado de Recursos útiles

Aquí os dejamos unos enlaces que pueden resultaros interesantes(sobretodo el que pone gratuito 😉

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos
  2. El Assesment centre
  3. 10 recursos gratuitos para preparar esto.
  4. Cuando preparar las distintas fases de las oposiciones especialistas
  5. los Cursos YSE 

Mi perfil es … ¿qué oportunidades tengo de trabajar en la Unión Europea?

¡Hola YSE!

Me encanta vuestro blog,…mi perfil es YYYYY // he estudiado ZZZZ // he trabajado en XXXX … ¿Qué oportunidades tengo de trabajar en la UE? ¿A qué puedo presentarme? ¿Hay plazas con mi perfil?

(decenas de e-mails recibidos)

Últimamente nos llegan muchos correos con la misma pregunta y nos encantaría tener tiempo para responderos a todos de forma individualizada pero no nos da la vida para ello, así que vamos a intentar responderos a través de este post. Con este objetivo, resumieremos un poco los perfiles y oposiciones de los últimos años, así que si queréis conocer el detalle de todo, id dando al clik en los enlaces que os dejemos para leer el detalle de cada perfil y de lo la convocatoria refleja como requisitos de experiencia profesional o titulación académica, a fin de cuentas en la convocatoria están los requisitos oficiales y nosotros humildes croqUEtillas que buscan ayudaros..

Volviendo a la pregunta, la respuesta para todos es SI, hay plazas con vuestro perfil. La lista de perfiles (así agrupando que son muchos si hilamos finos) podría resumirse en los siguientes (listados por poco riguroso orden alfabético)

  1. Generalistas (todas las titulaciones, por eso va la primera)
  2. Abogado o licenciado en derecho
  3. Auditor, contable
  4. Cientifícos e ingenieros (si, también arquitéctos)
  5. Cooperación y ayuda al desarrollo
  6. Economista, financiero, banca.
  7. Filosofo, historiador
  8. IT o informáticos
  9. Médico, enfermero, experto sanitario
  10. Militar, experto en defensa y/o conflictos
  11. Periodista o experiencia en el área de comunicación
  12. Politologo, ciencias sociales y similares, relaciones internacionales
  13. Traductor, filólogo, interprete o linguista
  14. Turismo, eventos, trabajos cara al publico

Salvo que se diga lo contrario, todos los perfiles de los que hablaremos exigen tener un TITULO UNIVERSITARIO DE 3 años al menos (para estar seguros pensad en 4) y dos idiomas inglés o francés y otro de los 24 oficiales de la UE (lo sabemos, hay más combinaciones, pero esto no es Juego de Tronos y no queremos irnos a 600 páginas y 8 volumenes explicando todas las opciones).

Cuando hablemos de los AD 5, AD6, AD7 ¿qué queremos decir?

  • AD5 es la abreviatura de Administrador nivel 5 y equivala a un puesto para entrar sin requisito de experiencia profesional previa (¡ojo! no siempre, a veces se pide 1 año).
  • AD6 significa que se tiene, o se exige, al menos, 3 años de experiencia profesional relevante para el puesto
  • AD7 significa que se tienen, al menos, 6 años de experiencia profesional previa en relación con el puesto (y suma y sigue para el resto de nivels AD8, AD9,…).

¿Qué quiere decir «en relación con el puesto»?

Ejemplos prácticos :

  1. «en relación con el puesto» = si tengo 20 años de experiencia de investigación en mecánica cuantica y piden 3 años de experiencia como abogado, no lo cumplo. (y seré descalificado de la oposición)
  2. «en relación con el puesto» = si tengo 3 años de experiencia cocinando croqUEtas y piden 3 años de experiencia en cocinado de croqUEtas, si lo cumplo

Recordad también que dentro de la administración europea, los niveles se definen del mismo modo. Uno puede entrar siendo AD5 e ir ascendiendo durante el paso del tiempo a AD’s superiores. Esto se traduce en mejor sueldo, pero a nivel de tareas y cargos, toca buscarse las castañas, no es automático. Y si, el sueldo va acorde con el nivel (de eso hablamos aquí)

Vamos ahora con el asunto, perfil a perfil , siguendo el mismo orden que marcamos arriba.

1.-Todos los perfiles, cualquier perfil o título

Todos los perfiles universitarios pueden presentarse a las oposiciones conocidas como AD5 Generalistas. No requieren experiencia profesional previa y en principio el compromiso es que haya cada año (2019, 2018,…) pero lo cierto que en 2020 no se publicaron, para 2021 estamos atentos a ver que se cuenta EPSO.

2.-Abogado, licenciado en derecho y especialistas en temas legales

Si eres graduado (4 años de estudios) o abogado ejerciente, 2020 es tu año , ya que han salido 104 plazas, asi por las buenas. (aquí lo analizamos). No es lo único, desde hace años EPSO publica oposiciones que tocan distiantas ramas del derecho : Protección de datos, juristas linguistas (ambas en 2018) derecho competencia, derecho financiero, (que eran AD7), investigación jurídica en distintos idiomas (nivel AD5 y AD7) todas ellas en 2019 y algunas siguen en marcha( los examanes, no significa que podáis presentaros) , así que confiamos irán saliendo más en un futuro

3.-Auditor, contable

Después de generalistas, este es sin duda el otro perfil más clásico para las oposiciones europeas. Efectivamente, las instituciones parecen el perfil de los auditores pero que le vamos a hacer, con tanto fondo, programa e iniciativa repartiendose por Europa, toca tenerlo todo bien atado. Según el año, los requisitos han ido variando un poco: En 2018 se ofrecían 80 plazas de nivele AD5 sin requisito de experiencia previa , en cambio, en 2019 se ofertaron 84 plazas en AD5 y 34 en AD7, con exigencias más duras en experiencia y formación como auditores. Al igual que Generalistas, esperamos que estas oposiciones se convoquen de forma regular.

4.-Científico (físico, matemático, biologo , químico, geologo etc..) o ingeniero (caminos, telecomunicación, arquitectos, etc)

Aunque no os lo creais, los científicos e ingenieros, tenéis un hueco en el mundillo europeo. Incluso los que os habéis pasado media vida investigando sobre la genómica del panchito en una trampa cuántica de hierro polimerizado teneis un hueco, mayormente en los centros de investigación del JRC, pero también en el resto de instituciones.

Sin ir más lejos, en 2019 hubo una oposición para perfiles de cientificos investigadores , nivel AD7, donde además del título pedían 6 o 7 años de experiencia profesional como científico investigador en múltiples ramas del saber. En 2018 la REA (Research Executive Agency) también sacó otra oposición, nivel AD6, para la gestión de proyectos científicos con experiencia investigadora. Antes de eso, allá por 2016, los investigadores con experiencia en el tema nuclear, tenían su oportunidad asegurada.

Para los que son de ingeniería dura o arquitectos, en 2017 salió una oposición para administradores de edificios , nivel AD6 . y los que sean ingenierios informáticos, altamente especializados. también han tenido su oportunidad este año en el proceso de selección para especialistas en tecnologías cuánticas (AD 8) Análisis de datos y ciencia de datos (AD 8) Seguridad de las TIC (AD 8) Infraestructura informática y nube (AD 8) .

Y en el otoño de 2020 se espera una nueva oposición para expertos en agricultura sostenible y desarrollo rural, aún no sabemos los detalles, pero muy pronto los tendremos. ¡Así que nadie desespere! habrá más.

5.-Cooperación y ayuda al desarrollo

Para todos los que lleváis un cooperante dentro y ardéis en deseos de aplicar lo aprendido ayudando por todo el mundo, EPSO sacó una competición para administradores en el ámbito de cooperación internacional en 2019. Con niveles AD7 y AD9 o lo que es lo mismo, se pedía con unos cuantos añitos de experiencia relevante en la matería. Mientras esperamos vuelvan con más, siempre nos quedará la dirección general de ayuda al desarollo (DG DEVCO) para buscar puestos de cooperación por el mundo

6.- Economista, financiero, banca

Lo sabemos, el primer lugar que se te viene a la mente es el Banco Central Europeo. Efectivamente, es una reserva natural para estos perfiles, pero hay más habitats donde podéis encontraros los del sector económico-financiero.

Por ejemplo, en 2017, hubo una oposición para macroeconomistas y expertos en economía financiera, nivel AD7 con 87 plazas que hizo las delicias de muchos. Y en 2018 hubo otra para expertos en fiscalidad(40 plazas) y aduanas (otras 40) con nivel AD7.

7.-Filosofo, historiador y perfiles de humanidades varios

Probablemente una rama peculiar pero que sigue teniendo cabida. En primer lugar tenéis cabida dentro de generalistas (2019, 2018,…) , la opción de la oposición de traductores(como en 2017) ya que no se pedía titulo de traducción, sino demostrarlo por la vía práctica.

8.-IT o informáticos

Si eres una IT-girl, o un IT-boy o un IT a secas, esta es la tuya, sobretodo si has trabado un poco el especializarte. En los últimos años se han convocado algunas muy interesante. Sin ir más lejos, en 2016, tuvimos unas de nivel AD7 y más de 150 plazas, que incluían varios perfiles : Análisis de Datos y Servicios de TI; Lugar de Trabajo Digital; Planificación de Recursos Empresariales (PRE).; Seguridad de las TIC.; Infraestructura de TI; Gestión del Programa/de la Cartera de proyectos de TI y Arquitectura Empresarial

Lo último ha sido una oposición de agentes temporales AD8 (igual que funcionarios, pero contrato limitado en el tiempo) en varios perfiles : en tecnologías cuánticas ; Análisis de datos y ciencia de datos ; Seguridad de las TIC ; Infraestructura informática y nube.

Y si lo que os mola es la seguirdad informática, en un ambiente mediterraneo, no dejéis de buscar una plaza en ENISA, la agencia europea de la cyberseguridad.

9.-Médico, enfermero, experto sanitario

¿Hay algún médico en la sala? En las delas instituciones los hay. En 2015 , hubo una oposición con 19 plazas para Doctores de medicina general y en 2018 se convocaron oposiciones, con 55 plazas nivel AD6 para expertos en area de salud y seguridad alimentaria. Desde entonces mucho no ha vuelto a salir pero también se debe a que los que tengáis este perfil tenéis buena cabida en las agencias europeas, donde realizan tareas en esos ámbitos, por ejemplo : Agencia del medicamento (EMEA, en Amsterdam), Agencia de los alimentos (EFSA, Parma)

Para enfermería, en 2017, hubo una oposición con 16 plazas y no descartamos que vuelvan a salir más pronto que tarde. Con el COVID, ciertos perfiles se han vuelto muy relevantes.

10.-Militar, experto en defensa y/o conflictos

Vale que uno no se imagina a Rambo repartiendo tiros con la bandera europea detrás, precisamente de eso no se trata, lo europeo es más de indole tranquila pero sin pasarse, que también tenemos la Dirección general de defensa y el Servicio de Acción exterior, que no falte.

Lo dicho, en el área de defensa, en 2019 hubo oposición la EPSO/AD/364/19 (nivel AD7) para distintos perfiles en área de seguridad y defensa : Operaciones de seguridad, Seguridad técnica, Seguridad de la información y los documentos. Ahora que la UE está desarrollando sus políticas de defensa común, esperamos que venga alguna más.

11.-Periodista o experiencia en el área de comunicación

Si este es tu perfil, pinta bien para ti. Desde que la Comisión se lanzó a comunicar con los ciudadanos, ya que no había muchos voluntarios en los gobiernos locales, este ha sido un perfil en alza.

Un buen ejemplo fue la oposición de Comunicación digital y medios que salió en 2017 con 55 plazas nivel AD6 y unas cuantas más en perfil asistente. Otra opción es la via contractual (CAST) que en el caso de comunicación está siempre en movimiento.

12.-Politologo, ciencias sociales y Relaciones exteriores o internacionales

Pues allá por 2012, EPSO decició sacar una oposición para relaciones exteriores con 33 plazas. Desde entonces ha llovido pero sin dar fruta, la gente de este perfil teníais que encajaros en generalistas u otras oposiciones de amplio espectro. Ahora, en un año raro como es 2020, nos viene una nueva convocatoria. Cuando escribimos estas lineas aún no tenemos información de como será, pero os prometemos que en cuanto salga la convocatoria, os enlazaremos nuestro análisis.

Otra opción para los que seais de este perfil son los CAST- Agentes contractuales que para EU policy es un clásico básico de las contrataciones..

13.-Traductor, filólogo, interprete o linguista

En una institución que en mayor o menor medida usa 24 lenguas oficiales (el día a día se hace en inglés o francés) ¿podíais faltar? ¡Claro que no! no hay año que no tenga su oposición relacionada con los idiomas, eso sí, con su toque de especialización ya que las tareas son muchas y variopintas.

En 2017 tuvimos la ultima (hasta la fecha) gran oposición de traductores. Lo divertido es que no se pedía titulo de traducción, la capacidad se evaluava con las pruebas. Desde entonces, se ha fomentado la subcontratación de la traducción (recortes presupuestarios obligan) y sacar oposiciones de nivel asistente (más bajo que AD) por ejemplo : asistentes lingüistas en 2017, correctores de pruebas en 2018 y en 2020 se espera salgan más de correctores de pruebas para, entre otros idiomas, español.

14.-Turismo, organizador de eventos, trabajos cara al publico

Lo que se dice turistear , turistear, no se práctica mucho en las instituciones, al menos en horas de trabajo. Tampoco organizar saraos europeos sin un buen motivo PERO si hay que organizar eventos donde se reunen dignatarios, asegurarse que toda la logística va bien, confirmar que nadie pierde su vuelo o su hotel y mil detalles más. Por esto mismo, en 2019 salieron varias oposiciones en esta linea, por ejemplo : 25 plazas para organizador de conferencias (si bién con perfil de asistente) , o 47 plazas para ujieres parlamentarios (Parlamento Europeo, no nos despistemos).

Para acabar ¿por donde empiezo?

Lo sabemos, te ves reflejado en alguno de los perfiles que hemos indicado anteriormente y quieres lanzarte a opositar ¿sí? Pues lo primero será informarse bien. Te recomendamos nuestro video (es largo, lo admitimos, pero lo cubre todo), o si eres más de lectura a tu ritmo, esta entrada, para ir poco a poco leyendo el detalle de cada prueba y fase.

Una vez bien informada o informado del asunto, es hora de tomar decisiones. Si una de ellas es que necesitas ayuda para estas oposiciones, puedes pensar en uno de nuestros cursos (aquí toda la info de cursos, los profes, coaching y más)

EPSO & Corona-virus, How does it EPSO-affect you?

Dear all,

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Aunque parezca mentira, es real.

Right, we are living troubled times, the situation caused by the Corono crisis is something completely unforeseen and this brings some inconvenient consequences at all levels. Information changes rapidly  European institutions, WHO and national institutions work and report constantly on it.  Therefore, from YSE, there is no point to inform on the virus, instead, it’s better if we talk about the topics we know better, let’s say EPSO and help you to go through all thses difficult days and put bring some peace to your nerves.

How does Corona-crisis affect to EPSO competitions?

Let’s see, step by step to avoid getting lost.

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the letter of suspension 

Step 1 : All competitions have been temporarily suspended. Those who had their assessment this month of March have received a letter from EPSO saying their competition (and their exams) are suspended until next month or further notice.  Those who are call in April, haven’t received any communication letter yet but most probably they will soon, as the crisis may take longer than one month.

 

Step 2 : all competitions on hold? YES, even the case study for  Ad5-generalists, foreseen for 16th March, was suspended without new date, only a commiment to prevent  to the candidates 3 weeks in advance of the new date.  Originally, April and May were the scheduled months for the AD5 generalist Assessment , now they are May and June  June and July (the latest announcement from EPSO is the Assessment Centre will be close until end of May). Other competitions, as Auditors o Administrators AD7 have had an «assessment interruptus». Be patient our friends!

Step 3 : What  have happened with the rest of testing facilities? Some of you already have been taking your CAST test last week (by computer, the computer based test CBT) but from 16th most of the facilities, in Europe (but also worldwide) are closed until end of May or further notice. Consider yourself lucky if you took  your CBT last week (9-15th March).

Step 4 :  Everything is stopped?   No, but it doesn’t look it will move fast neither.  Besides the exam itself, all EPSO selection process takes a lot of internal work from the Institutions (and its staff) . Even if now all the institutions are switching to telework, the assessors training , exams reviews/appeals or the publication of new competitions will slow down and most probably won’t meet their initial foreseen calendar.  Adjusting such a big machinery as the European Institutions , for teleworking all at once, is not an easy task and even less in the middle of a virus outbreak.

proximas competiciones

Step 6 :  When can I expect for the next competitions? right, we all were expecting,like a breath of fresh air, the next competitions Secretaries, Administrators AD5 & AD7 in External Relations (EEAS) y Administrators AD5 in EU law.  We expected them for the end of March, beginning of April , right before Easter time but taking into account the present circumstances, an optimistic forecast would be end of April, beginning of May for the opening(publication) of the competitions. Therefor, the CBT would be around June and/or July if the crisis is solved before April ends.  Take into account that is very likely these competitions will attract a lot of candidates , what implies a strong need of center test available (Italy of Spain take the lion share, after Brussels) what it is not the case nowadays.  

Now, what?

croqueta _abiertaIn YSE we have decided to face this crisis and contribute to the campaign #IStayAtHome . This situation will end eventually and the competitions will come back to normal. Perhaps this is the moment to begin your training in EPSO competitions , now that you are bored at home 😉 with that purpose we offer you some tips:

  • Practice some EPSO-reading Do you want to know how to survive the Assessment centre? click here ,Do you want to know more on the CBT test?  click here (in Spanish for the moment)
  • You can always visit our youtube channel (if not for EPSO, to learn new languages). On the practical side, find here 3 (1, 2, 3)  examples of abstract reasoning (in the coming days we’ll publish more). If you had already too much Netflix in the last few days and run out of new series to watch, why not to watch some EPSO-documentary? (If you feel strong in Spanish) there it goes the «documentary» (right, it’s not a documentary but our presentation on EPSO process, type of contract and traineeships process) .
  • Some practice for the next test . How? quite easy, using the free resources available.  . Here you can find a compilation of resources.
  • Join our next trainings (ONLINE) for Assessment and CBT   Yes, you have read correctly, we are back with our courses. Taking advantage of our long experience in online (and its good results) trainings, also considering all the time we are going to spend at home, why not to use it for something fruitful? Therefore, we launch a complete course for CBT (in Spanish but if there are 3 o more of you interested an English or Italian version can be arranged)  and also several Assessment centre sessions (to prepare case study, competence based, motivational and field related interview, oral presentation). Now it’s the right time to show your «resilience» to prepare in advance the coming competitions. More information

You know better, it’s time to take care of your beloved and of yourself but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep)  your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

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