EU career coaching for the green-minded
Interested in working for a greener European policy?
If more greens work in and around EU institutions, European policy will become greener. By providing targeted information about how to make a career in the European Institutions (and in NGOs dealing with European policy making) we want to help young European greens to contribute to shaping a greener European policy.
- You are a member of a green party or you are active in the social or the environmental movement?
- You are interested in European politics or curious to learn about it?
- You could imagine working for a greener European policy in one of the European institutions or in a Brussels-based NGO?
Many EU member states have programmes that help their nationals find their way through the complicated recruitment procedure for the EU institutions, reasoning that this strengthens the position of the country in EU policy making.
We want to ensure that interested people from Green parties and social movements also have access to the know-how and the advice necessary to make their way into European policy making.
If you are interested, send an e-mail with a brief description of your background (your political activities and political areas of interest, your education, your professional experience) and your interest with regard to the EU to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will then send you more detailed EU career information. Once you have studied this material carefully, you can get back to us for specific individual advice. If you have further questions, we will try to help you; also drawing on the support of the green network in Brussels.
Background of our initiative
Trade policy, agricultural policy, environmental policy, energy policy, social policy, international treaties and agreements – the directions for many national policies are determined in Brussels. Though the formal decision-power is with the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, the EU officials in charge of preparing the policy documents and surveying their implementation as well as the NGOs and lobby-organisation that raise their voices during the policy making process have a considerable influence on agenda-setting and content.
As greens working in EU institutions and NGO’s in Brussels we witness that the wish to pursue a career with a European dimension attracts many ambitious and talented brains. Often we are informally approached to give career advice to those not yet familiar with the how, where and who in the “capital of Europe”. Rather than arbitrarily giving such advice to whoever asks, we decided that we would much rather provide assistance to those that share our values, hoping we can render European politics a bit greener in the long term if more greens make it to Brussels.
This initiative is a first humble attempt to follow a pro-active approach and to reach out to potential candidates by:
- raising awareness about these career options amongst greens;
- providing links to relevant information made available by other institutions; and
- giving personal advice if necessary.
As we have made our way to Brussels ourselves and have been around for a while we feel that we can provide much relevant information ourselves or are likely to know someone who knows.
We look forward to hearing from you!