In Summary - Communication Assistant - EU
Works in one or more sectors related to internal and external communication and information in the EU Institutions
Communication Assistant - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:
The Work - Communication Assistant - EU
Assistants (AST) usually work in supporting roles and are crucial for the internal management of the EU Institutions.
The work in this job role typically includes:
- Handling contacts with the press, the media and the public
- Drafting, revising and preparing various documents for publication
- Organising different types of events
- Preparing information documents, publications, brochures, audiovisual products
- Managing communication activities through websites, social media, etc.
- Participating in the analysis and media impact of communication activities
- Liaising and coordinating with stakeholders (Publications Office, subcontractors, etc.)
Interests - Communication Assistant - EU
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:
- Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
- Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
- Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
- Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
- Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
- Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
- Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people
An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results
Entry Requirements - Communication Assistant - EU
Communication Assistants in the EU must have:
- A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
- post-secondary education in communication, media studies, journalism or public relations and at least 3 years' appropriate professional experience,
- secondary education and at least 6 years' professional experience
An assistant career in the EU covers grades AST 1 to AST 11. New staff usually enter at grades AST 1 or AST 3.
AST 1 candidates must have completed secondary education and have previous relevant experience, or have a relevant vocational qualification.
AST 3 candidates should have completed secondary education, a relevant vocational qualification and/or several years' relevant experience.
In general, to apply for an Assistant competition, you must have completed (at least) secondary school.
|See: EPSO - European Personnel Selection Office - EU Career profiles - Communication Assistant|
Last Updated: July, 2016
Pay & Salary - Communication Assistant - EU
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 31k - k
Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around €2,300 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.
Grade: Basic monthly salary €
Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.
As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO
Last Updated: April, 2015
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Communication Assistant - EU
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