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chiaraors



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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:10 pm

Marije wrote:
I would say you have nothing to lose! Especially since I know not every DG selects with the same speed. I'm selected by DG COMP but was also interested in DG FISMA. I lobbyd both of them and had to notify my contract that I already had an offer. He said DG FISMA had just found out which units were entitled to a trainee... This is just an example, don't know what dg you're interested in. But give it a try I would say!

Just a question: have you lobbied directly DG units you were interested in? Or send a general mail before?
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Marije



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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:17 pm

Both! First I lobbyd specifically as soon as I heard I was pre identified, when I saw I was in the Blue Book I also sent an email to DG COMP in general.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:41 pm

b00tsi3 wrote:
Thanks for the update to everyone!
In the past session, somebody made a group on Facebook, which was very useful as more candidates could be reached out and more information was shared about this phase of the admission process. To continue this, I created a closed, unofficial group for the next session, feel free to join: EC Traineeship March 2016

Smooothie wrote:
have any of you been contacted by Units you didn't lobby? Esp EEAS/DEVCO/NEAR?
Unfortunately haven't heard anything myself...

I have the same question. In the last session EEAS units/divisions were not making any formal interviews over the phone; apparently they just select their own candidates based on the "facts".

Thanks for info b00tsi3, hoping that is the case!
With regard to after's q about a third round of lobby emails, what do you guys think about ringing the heads of unit you haven't heard from? Personally I feel that's going too far but i know someone working at DG NEAR on maternity leave who told me this was a good idea...
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:50 pm

I just posted in the preselection topic about what I'd heard of the selection process and it seems there's a lot of contrasting ideas about what happens. I wish they'd be more transparent about the whole thing. I really want to know what happens if you get selected by two different units/DGs. I was contacted by one that doesn't exactly match my application, but it's my favourite out of all of them, so I hope I can specify if I don't get sent an offer for that one. I might email them (I actually forgot the name of the woman who rang so that's not very helpful) and say that they're my favourite and hope that can sway the outcome. Funnily enough I only lobbied one DG and didn't hear from them, but have heard from four others so that just shows the lobbying system is so hit and miss!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:01 am

Hey,
It's my first post here and i have been waiting quite a bit to get activated: I wanted to let you know about my "success" without having made any lobbying attempts.
My profile: German and 23 years old, speaking English (C2) and French (B2) with a Masters (Distinction) in International Urban and Regional Planning from University College London.

My chosen focus in the application was: Programmes, Actions and Funds

I have been contacted already by two units within the past few days:
The first one being the Executive Agency for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Unit B1 - Energy.
I would be working on project development assistance and best practice communication for energy efficiency investments made by public and private authorities. Focusing on aiding the projects to secure external funding with innovative financing schemes.

I have had a telephone interview with them (they interviewed 6 in total) today and they said i will hear from the internship office in one or two months (aka 22/01) regarding the final results.

I have had a second e-mail asking whether I would be available and interested by the
Unit A5 - Erasmus+: Schools, Vocational Training, Adult Education, Platforms
by the Executive Agency for Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).
So far they haven't followed up with a phone call Sad

Fun Fact: My actual "Specialism" and topic of Master Dissertation are cross-border (rail) transport projects and sustainable city planning. So i would have never in my life lobbied the offices that now reached out to me.

I would be curious to hear to what degree you guys have also chosen the "Programmes"-Focus and whether anyone else has been contacted by any of the Executive Agencies. I googled their dresses and they seem to be outside the actual European quarter.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:20 am

Hey,

Has anybody been in contact with DG CONNECT? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:52 am

Hi,

Does anyone have any news from DG HOME? I had an interview with Unit C3, but I am unclear whether they will get back to me, or if I wont hear anything until January!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 12:16 pm

b00tsi3 wrote:
Thanks for the update to everyone!
In the past session, somebody made a group on Facebook, which was very useful as more candidates could be reached out and more information was shared about this phase of the admission process. To continue this, I created a closed, unofficial group for the next session, feel free to join: EC Traineeship March 2016

Smooothie wrote:
have any of you been contacted by Units you didn't lobby? Esp EEAS/DEVCO/NEAR?
Unfortunately haven't heard anything myself...

I have the same question. In the last session EEAS units/divisions were not making any formal interviews over the phone; apparently they just select their own candidates based on the "facts".

Hi guys,

I was contacted by phone by DEVCO, as well as the EEAS. Both divisions/directorates were interested, and the EEAS said I was one of their choices. I had to lobby the EEAS quite hard, as it was tricky to get in touch with the right people.

My friend also had an EEAS phone interview during the spring session, so they do conduct phone interviews. A word of warning though: it appears as if DG's can take precedence over the EEAS in selecting their candidates, which can create problems for those who really want an EEAS position.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:06 pm

I've been contacted by one of the people who first emailed me to say that I've been selected by another DG because I'm now listed as 'unavailable' to other DGs, so that's nice to know, but I'm a bit worried now. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by the EACEA and at the time said I was interested because I hadn't heard anything else, but yesterday was called by the Interpreting DG which would be my first choice. What if I've been picked by the one I don't want? I hope I don't sound ungrateful, I know they're great opportunities, I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do to ensure I get an offer I like the most. I had heard that it was first come first served but I also thought they'd consider all offers from every DG so it seems the former is true.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:33 pm

I'm glad people are still getting calls and stuff. But I just can't help but becoming rather desperate now. I mean... if they can mark a candidate as 'unavailable' in the blue book, surely all the DGs have already spit through and made their first and second choices/contacted the people/etc. Why would you wait until all the 'good ones' are gone and only the 'bottom of the barrel' (ie me, lol) remains.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:17 pm

Thaulov wrote:
Hi,

Does anyone have any news from DG HOME? I had an interview with Unit C3, but I am unclear whether they will get back to me, or if I wont hear anything until January!


I contacted three units there as soon as I was pre-selected. Unit C3 was one of the Units and I was really looking forward to hearing from them. Unfortunately no replies so far. May I ask you what kind of background do you have? ))) My current work is very related to migration and asylum, I was actually working at the Ministry of Refugees of my home country in the department of Migration and Asylum and later at the IOM. But I come from non-EU country and I believe I have a very little chance of being selected.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:25 pm

elo89 wrote:

I was contacted by phone by DEVCO, as well as the EEAS. Both divisions/directorates were interested, and the EEAS said I was one of their choices. I had to lobby the EEAS quite hard, as it was tricky to get in touch with the right people.

Can I ask which unit contacted you from EEAS?

Alchemist wrote:

I'm glad people are still getting calls and stuff. But I just can't help but becoming rather desperate now.

Same feelings here even with or without lobbying my profile apparently is not outstanding or does not draw attention even if I believe it's not that bad either..
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:28 pm

Hi! Has anyone heard anything from DG environment or DG climate action?
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:01 pm

tatka wrote:
Thaulov wrote:
Hi,

Does anyone have any news from DG HOME? I had an interview with Unit C3, but I am unclear whether they will get back to me, or if I wont hear anything until January!


I contacted three units there as soon as I was pre-selected. Unit C3 was one of the Units and I was really looking forward to hearing from them. Unfortunately no replies so far. May I ask you what kind of background do you have? ))) My current work is very related to migration and asylum, I was actually working at the Ministry of Refugees of my home country in the department of Migration and Asylum and later at the IOM. But I come from non-EU country and I believe I have a very little chance of being selected.

I graduated in refugee studies and I wrote my dissertation on the European refugee crisis and the new Agenda on Migration, and I am currently working at the UNHCR Smile But unfortunately I don't have any concrete answer, which I hoped to receive before January!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:34 am

Well that's nice)).. At least it's good to know that they are checking the background carefully. Maybe I still have a chance. Good luck to you!)))
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:11 am

b00tsi3 wrote:
elo89 wrote:

I was contacted by phone by DEVCO, as well as the EEAS. Both divisions/directorates were interested, and the EEAS said I was one of their choices. I had to lobby the EEAS quite hard, as it was tricky to get in touch with the right people.

Can I ask which unit contacted you from EEAS?

Alchemist wrote:

I'm glad people are still getting calls and stuff. But I just can't help but becoming rather desperate now.

Same feelings here even with or without lobbying my profile apparently is not outstanding or does not draw attention even if I believe it's not that bad either..

B00si3 & Alchemist, I feel the same as you guys. Hear yesterday from EEAS officially that they are done with their selection of candidates...
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:33 pm

Smooothie wrote:
b00tsi3 wrote:
elo89 wrote:

I was contacted by phone by DEVCO, as well as the EEAS. Both divisions/directorates were interested, and the EEAS said I was one of their choices. I had to lobby the EEAS quite hard, as it was tricky to get in touch with the right people.

Can I ask which unit contacted you from EEAS?

Alchemist wrote:

I'm glad people are still getting calls and stuff. But I just can't help but becoming rather desperate now.

Same feelings here even with or without lobbying my profile apparently is not outstanding or does not draw attention even if I believe it's not that bad either..

B00si3 & Alchemist, I feel the same as you guys. Hear yesterday from EEAS officially that they are done with their selection of candidates...

Well I guess that's the last nail in the coffin of my eu career lol. Let's hope that if one door closes, another one will open.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:58 pm

Smooothie wrote:
b00tsi3 wrote:
elo89 wrote:

I was contacted by phone by DEVCO, as well as the EEAS. Both divisions/directorates were interested, and the EEAS said I was one of their choices. I had to lobby the EEAS quite hard, as it was tricky to get in touch with the right people.

Can I ask which unit contacted you from EEAS?

Alchemist wrote:

I'm glad people are still getting calls and stuff. But I just can't help but becoming rather desperate now.

Same feelings here even with or without lobbying my profile apparently is not outstanding or does not draw attention even if I believe it's not that bad either..

B00si3 & Alchemist, I feel the same as you guys. Hear yesterday from EEAS officially that they are done with their selection of candidates...


what are they waiting for and they do not let everyone know if they are not selected?
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:34 am

Hey guys, I got an email today from EEAS Head of Central Asian Division saying that they have already made their selection.

But I don't think every division/unit is so fast. Few days ago I got an automatic "I am on holidays until Jan., 12" reply.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:19 am

This is the email I got back after emailing the general email for EEAS asking if they could say which units are taking trainees:

"EEAS divisions have been already made their choices for the traineeship March 2016 session.
Should there be a resignation we might take contact with you.

Best of luck for the selection procedure.

With my best regards,"

:/
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:07 pm

guuyyys, getting a bit desperate! i want to send more emails to those DG that i had any mare contact with (although, without any results)...might seem a bit pathetic though...
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Thu Dec 17, 2015 8:48 pm

angie207 wrote:
guuyyys, getting a bit desperate! i want to send more emails to those DG that i had any mare contact with (although, without any results)...might seem a bit pathetic though...

How can you find the e-mail addresses for each DG/unit?
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Thu Dec 17, 2015 9:06 pm

diam wrote:
angie207 wrote:
guuyyys, getting a bit desperate! i want to send more emails to those DG that i had any mare contact with (although, without any results)...might seem a bit pathetic though...

How can you find the e-mail addresses for each DG/unit?

@diam: well, for one unit I actually found it under organisational structure. But usually it works simply like this name.surname@ec.europa.eu or name.surname@eeas.europa.eu. To double check I also googled for the complete address using this logic. Usually it pops up somewhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:49 pm

Hello!

Do you have any news? I think the majority of us will receive an answer in January.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:11 pm

SofiiaB wrote:
diam wrote:
angie207 wrote:
guuyyys, getting a bit desperate! i want to send more emails to those DG that i had any mare contact with (although, without any results)...might seem a bit pathetic though...

How can you find the e-mail addresses for each DG/unit?

@diam: well, for one unit I actually found it under organisational structure. But usually it works simply like this name.surnameaytec.europa.eu or name.surname\ateeas.europa.eu. To double check I also googled for the complete address using this logic. Usually it pops up somewhere.

Thank you.

I found the head of the unit I am interested in and i e-mailed him last night. Today i received his reply saying that he selected a trainee for the internship and he wanted to thank me for my interest. Sad
It was expected, but at least i got an official confirmation now. I wonder why it takes so long to send the "Thank you but you were not selected" email to all the candidates that were not selected.

Anyway, good luck to everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:22 pm

diam wrote:
SofiiaB wrote:
diam wrote:
angie207 wrote:
guuyyys, getting a bit desperate! i want to send more emails to those DG that i had any mare contact with (although, without any results)...might seem a bit pathetic though...

How can you find the e-mail addresses for each DG/unit?

@diam: well, for one unit I actually found it under organisational structure. But usually it works simply like this name.surnameaytec.europa.eu or name.surname\ateeas.europa.eu. To double check I also googled for the complete address using this logic. Usually it pops up somewhere.

Thank you.

I found the head of the unit I am interested in and i e-mailed him last night. Today i received his reply saying that he selected a trainee for the internship and he wanted to thank me for my interest. Sad
It was expected, but at least i got an official confirmation now. I wonder why it takes so long to send the "Thank you but you were not selected" email to all the candidates that were not selected.

Anyway, good luck to everyone.

Diam, you mind sharing which Unit it was?
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:04 pm

Hi guys!
A unit that was interested in my profile told me they booked me. Does it mean I am in or that I am just shortlisted? I had another unit interested in my profile (same dg), should I email the traineeship office to tell which is my preferred one?

Thank you and best of luck!!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:31 pm

Eri wrote:
Hi guys!
A unit that was interested in my profile told me they booked me. Does it mean I am in or that I am just shortlisted? I had another unit interested in my profile (same dg), should I email the traineeship office to tell which is my preferred one?

Thank you and best of luck!!

Hey Eri, a similar situation happened to me. You should communicate to the other unit interested in you, thanking them and letting them know that you will take the offer from other unit to avoid surprises of any of the units. If you are not sure whether the unit will already receive you and if you have the contact of a person of that unit just try asking them what are the next steps and if they will need any further documentation from you! Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:49 pm

Marije wrote:
Montesian wrote:
Alexia 007 wrote:
I got a positive answer for the DGT (translation). The lady told me she would send me an e-mail with all the information I need and the contacts of the other trainees by the end of the month, so it seems strange that they said they would give a definitive answer as from the 22nd of January.

As far as I understand, the only binding offer for all Commission trainees will be made by the Traineeship office on 22nd January - or around that date.
However it is quite possible that DGT has already finalized picking its trainees. While this is not binding for the Traineeship office, I was told that the formal offer by the Traineeship office is a mere formality, and that they could not recall any case where a trainee selected by a unit was rejected by the Traineeship office.

I am also selected, by DG COMP! Very Happy They sent me some forms, among which a 'conflict of interest' declaration and they sent an email confirming my selection. January 22 takes a loonggg time :O Especially since I need to graduate, quit my job and find an appartment in Brussels. I am just going to go ahead with it, hoping the formal offer by Traineeship Office is indeed a mere formality...

Hey Marije! I was also selected by the DG COMP, Unit C2! Which Unit did you get?

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PostSubject: Re: Lobbying and DG/Unit Information   Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:52 am

Hi all,

My name is David from Malta. I have just been activated on this forum, so this will be my first post. I have been called by DG DEVCO, Unit B6. During the short interview they told me that they have selected me and at the same time 'forced' me to give them a reply on the same date. I did not like this pressure too much but in the end I still decided to give it a go. Nothing to loose i guess. Is there anyone who is going to work here?

David
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