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.

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?

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

Dear all,

puerta epso -cerrada
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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EPSO y Corona-virus ¿cómo nos epso-afecta?

Hola a todos,

puerta epso -cerrada
Aunque parezca mentira, es real.

Efectivamente estamos viviendo tiempos peculiares, la situación causada por el brote de corona-virus es algo que nunca habíamos visto antes y eso tiene sus consecuancias, a todos los niveles. Las informaciones se suceden y todo es muy cambiante, las instituciones y los profesionales que saben y trabajan en ellas 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 hablaremos de EPSO, que algo sabemos, para ayudar a pasar el mal trago y poner un poquito de claridad y esperanza entre tanto nervio.

¿Cómo afecta todo lo que está pasando?

Pues bien, vamos por pasos para no perdernos

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la cartita con el aviso de suspensión

Paso 1 : todas las competiciones han sido suspendidas temporalmente. La gente que tenía el Assessment este mes de marzo, recibió una carta de EPSO diciendo que hasta nuevo aviso, su examen estaba suspendido. Aquellos que lo tienen en Abril, ya han recibido avisos y EPSO ha anunciado que hasta final de mayo, si no hay novedades, el assessment centre seguirá cerrado.

 

Paso 2 : ¿todas aplazadas? Si, el case study de Ad5-generalistas, previsto para el 16 de marzo, quedó aplazo sin fecha y se avisará a los candidatos , al menos 3 semanas antes. Y los meses de assessment previstos eran Abril-Mayo han pasado a ser Mayo-Junio. (Con el último aviso, esto ya no es posible y pasan a Septiembre) Otras competiciones en marcha, como Auditores o Administradores AD7 en distintas ramas han tenido un “assessment interruptus” y también la cosa queda parada hasta después del parón veraniego . Así que paciencia para todos.

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Último aviso compartido por EPSO en su web

Paso 3 : ¿y el resto de centros de examen?  Algunos habeis estado realizando vuestros examenes de cast esta semana del 9-15 marzo ( por ordenador, los examenes tipo CBT) pero ya es oficial que varios centros de examen CBT están cerrados por un tiempo (Definido o indefinido) y que los CAST de esta semana no se han suspendido todos por los pelos. Los próximos exámenes de CAST no los esperéis antes de fin de Mayo tampoco. (lo cual viene bien para prepararse)

Paso 4 :  ¿se paraliza todo?  No, pero tiene pinta que irá más lento. 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 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. Reajustar una maquinaria de  miles de personas, como son las instituciones europeas, para teletrabajar todas a la vez, no es algo que se pueda hacer tan fácil y menos en medio de una crisis sanitaria.

upcoming opportunities

Paso 5 :  ¿Qué pasa con las próximas competiciones? efectivamento todos estabamos esperando como agua de mayo las competiciones de Secretariado, Administradores AD5 y AD7 en relaciones externas (SEAE) y Administradores AD5 en Derecho de la UE.  Pensabamos que saldrían para finales de marzo, antes de Semana Santa, pero con la que está cayendo, nos iremos a finales de primavera para su publicación (EPSO dice que está haciendo todo lo posible para que así sea) salvo Relaciones externas que se va a verano la publicación  y por lo tanto los CBT serían en Septiembre para las que se publiquen en primavera (y si la crisis se resuelve en las próximas semanas) y Octubre-Noviembre para la que se publique en verano. Tened en cuenta que es probable que se presente mucha gente a estas convocatorias y eso implica una logística amplia de centros de examen, por ahora imposible de cumplir con tantos centros cerrados y restricciones.  

¿Ahora que hacemos?

croqueta _abiertaDesde YSE hemos decidido plantar cara al asunto y contribuir al #yomequedoencasa. 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, volvemos a la carga con nuestros cursos y formaciones online (aprovechando que tenemos buena experiencia en el tema) y a falta de poder 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. Más información
  • 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, nuestra próxima sesión de formación on-line preparatoria de CAST será el 4 de Abril  (15-18h) (escribe a yasemoseuropeos@gmail.com para más información)

Ya sabéis, son tiempos donde toca cuidarse y cuidar a los que nos rodean, además de ir preparando nuestros siguientes pasos cuando este mal sueño acabe y ¡cumplir nuestras ilusiones!

campeon