EPSO Competitions - See What's Coming Up Post COVID-19 Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken everything to its core, including the EPSO selection processes. Thankfully, things are slowly starting to look up again and as a result, there are positive signs of a gradual return to some semblance of normality regarding EPSO competitions as well. 

Last week EPSO posted the release dates of TWO highly anticipated competitions and has announced that more competitions can be expected over the Summer.

In addition to these, progress is being made to move ongoing competitions and their selection processes along as well.

Take a look at what's coming up in EPSO competition land below...

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2020 Secretaries Comp: OPEN NEXT WEEK

Applications will open when the official Notice of Competition is released next week, on Thursday, 25 June 2020.

Registration will remain open until 8 September 2020, giving applicants all Summer long to get fully prepared for the pre-selection exams - which they are going to need as this competition is expected to be hugely popular and extremely competitive.

The last time we saw this competition come around was 2 years ago in 2017...so many are eagerly waiting for it to start. 

Candidates will have the option of two grade levels: SC-1 and SC-2.

Specific details about the qualifications and experience required for each grade will be outlined in the official Notice of Competition. 

In preparation for this highly anticipated competition, EU Training has organised a FREE 2020 EPSO Secretaries Exams - Information Webcast session on 25 June @ 12:30, to discuss the key elements of this competition and how best to prepare for each stage.  The recording of this session is now available to view here for FREE.

If you can't attend the live session on this date/time, no problem! Register for this session anyway and we will add the recording to your EU Training account as soon as it is loaded to the website. This way you can view it any time you want, as many times as you want. Easy!

While you wait for the Notice of Competition to be released, join the conversation and connect with other candidates via the EPSO AST and SC Exams Facebook Group.

 

European Law (AD5) Competition - JULY RELEASE

This is a new competition, that will open up the opportunity for many candidates to apply that have qualifications in European Law.

Applications will open at the end of July - on 30 July 2020, with the application deadline being set at 15 September 2020.

We will have to wait for specific details about qualifications and exams until the official Notice of Competition is released, but don't take your eyes off this one - it's expected to be a very popular and fiercely competitive competition.

To help get you up to speed with all the ins-and-outs of this competition over the Summer, EU Training will host a FREE 2020 EPSO AD5 Law Exams - Information Webcast​ session on 30 July @ 12:30, to discuss the key elements of this competition and how best to prepare for each stage. Click here to register for this FREE event

If you can't attend the live session on this date/time, no problem! Register for this session anyway and we will add the recording to your EU Training account as soon as it is loaded to the website. This way you can view it any time you want, as many times as you want. Easy!

While you wait for the Notice of Competition to be released, join the conversation and connect with other candidates via the EPSO Administrators in European Law (AD5) Exams Facebook Group.

 

NEW Lawyer-Linguist Competition Announced

Over the Summer EPSO will release another Lawyer-Linguist competition, in addition to the one released in March.

The specific release date is not known yet, but we will keep you posted about it - don't forget to 'Follow' us on Facebook to get the latest EPSO news updates. 

Via this competition the Council of the European Union, European Commission and European Parliament will be searching for Lawyer-Linguist candidates who are fluent in the following languages: Bulgarian, Czech, French, Hungarian, Irish or Polish.

Want to join the conversation and talk to other candidates about this competition? Get helpful hints and advice from other candidates via the EPSO Lawyer-Linguists Facebook group.

Once you are ready to start preparing for the competition's exams you can gain access to practice packages here, and view methodology webinars here - some are even FREE!

 

Administrators in the field of External Relations...

Unfortunately, still no specific release date on this one yet - except for 'Summer 2020' release.

Via this competition, the European External Action Service will be looking for candidates to join the team at Grade AD5 and AD7 levels. 

At this stage, very little is known about this competition but hopefully, an application open date will be announced very soon!

While you wait for the Notice of Competition to be released, join the conversation and connect with other candidates via the EPSO Administrators in the field of External Relations Exams Facebook Group.

 

Graduate Administrators (AD5) - Case Study BOOKING OPEN!

2019 EPSO Graduate Administrator (AD5) candidates that have successfully made it through to the Assessment Centre round of the competition have their Case Study exam scheduled for 2 September 2020.

The Case Study exam booking period will open on 17 July, and close on 24 July 2020.

This offers a very comfortable amount of time to perfect your Case Study exam skills...and we have a great suite of resources to assist you in this endeavor:

Also, don't forget to take a look out our FREE Introduction To The EPSO Assessment Centre webinar recording for a good overview of each exercise that you will need to face on exam day.

If you haven't already, this would also be a great time to join the conversation via the EPSO Assessment Centre - AD5 Graduate Administrators Facebook Group and connect with other candidates that have also made it to the Assessment Centre round of this competition 

 

Ongoing Competitions and CAST Exams

EPSO has announced that due to the generally improving situation concerning COVID-19 in Europe (which we all hope this positive trend will continue), EPSO has started to organise tests for some smaller groups of candidates.

The virus situation is being heavily monitored and many precautionary measures have been put in place at Prometric test centers. 

The different rules currently in place throughout the different Member States and other countries are naturally being taken into account, but It does seem like things are slowly starting to open up again.

Those competitions that made it to (or were in the process of undertaking) the Assessment Centre round just before COVID-19 struck, can expect their exams to take place from September onwards.

No EPSO Assessment Centres will take place before September 2020.

So what are you going to do with all this additional preparation time? Taken a look at our online training opportunities, there are a lot of great Assessment Centre simulation sessions coming up over the Summer!