Subject: Re: Preselection date Thu Apr 07, 2016 4:52 pm
The EC traineeships webpage is ok now. In my account there has been no change in my application status so either I am not pre-identified or pre-identified candidates haven't been notified yet. Has anyone received a notification?
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:48 pm
Guys, I really do not know what to think about this traineeship programme anymore. The October 2016 was the third time I applied, but I was always pre-selected before. In January when I submitted my application, I chose a different field of interest to see how it goes when it comes to selection process. I just received the e-mail now saying that my "score was 5 points below the threshold."
Seriously? I applied with the same profile just as always, including work experience, language skills and other soft and hard skills and even more. I am not sure if this stage of the selection depends on your field, or just simply the other applicants have "stronger" profile (?).
The other "funny" thing is that on Friday morning I received an offer from a unit in DG Grow with a possibility to start from 2 May as a "late arrival" of the previous/ongoing session. They asked me to reply to them on the very same morning about my decision as apparently they really needed someone. Unfortunately, I had to reject this offer, even though I really appreciated, but in such short notice I could not arrange my relocation.
Just as Stan mentioned here, this application became my hobby and I hoped for an actual possibility for the next session starting in October having the offer in mind. Apparently, this plan did not work out either, as my profile seems to be under the threshold. Since they do not send you the breakdown of your score, I am very doubtful about the whole procedure.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:55 pm
Welcome to the club bootsi3. Got my rejection minutes ago.
I applied for the October intake 3 times in a row now with no success. Each and every time i brought in more than the last time.
First I applied with just a BA and was ruled out. Next time i applied while having an MA degree - i was under by 1 point! Now? Work experience with an industry association + basic French and this time I am under by 3 points. I improved in multiple areas and, as far as i believe, filled in the personal profile and motivation sections better than before, by a larger margin no less.
I am not sure what kind of candidates apply for this traineeship or what else is needed to finally get in. I hope other will have better luck than me.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:26 pm
I just got preselected for March 2016 as well. It's so weird. I have to send the documentation between the 09th of November and the 19th of November 2015. Do you have any time machine?
I had been rejected for March 2016 last december - I still got my rejection message on my profile. Funny enough, the message says now October 2016 (but still, it's dated 3/12/2015). I have applied only to 2 traineeships so far, March 2016 and Octobre 2016 and I don't really understand what's going on.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:29 pm
I haven't been pre-selected :-( It says "Your score was 1 points below the threshold." What is the threshold and what is the weighted system that determines it? Has any past applicant here tried writing in and asking them about it? Will be helpful to have some official feedback. Thanks.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:38 pm
I've just received my rejection email. I haven't been told how many points I am below the threshold, which probably doesn't bode well! Did it say it in the email itself? Congratulations to those who have been pre-selected!
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:43 pm
PRESELECTED AS Well!!!
guys help me figure something out!!!
i lived and studied languages abroad, my level is very high even because I practice every day with mothertongue people. How can I prove it??
i have certificates for the languages I put C2 for (they don't attest a level, just the attendance and period), and no certificate for the one I put A2, because I just have an elementary knowledge acquired at school.
Are they going to reject me?? How can i prove my language skills when languages improve day by day, more than any certificate?
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:53 pm
Apparently there is a glitch in their software cause people receive out of date messages. I got turned down with the same assessment score as last time even though I changed and added a lot of new things. When I try to open my 2015 results, I get the same notification as the one I received today. Anyone experiencing the same?
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:57 pm
I checked my application again and I think they corrected the mistake - says October 2016 now.
And to those not selected, guys I am absolutely with you. This is the third time I am pre-selected, twice I got into the Blue Book. And guess how many times I made it to a trainee - zero. And this March session was absolutely epic - a person from my class who barely got the minimum requirements to graduate got in, and me with my honors degree not. So, I have no clue what is the most important to them to select people.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:16 pm
To say that the whole EC traineeship preselection procedure is very dubious would be an understatement. Last time I got 2 points below the threshold and now I received... guess what? 2 points below the magic threshold. However, the thing is that now I added my Master's degree, added further foreign exposure, increased the language level of two of my languages after attending courses the past 6 months and, to top all off, I wrote a very good motivation piece. So, after ameliorating my skills, knowledge etc I get the same result as before? That will only make sense if the batch of successful applicants this time has improved as significantly as I did in the past 6 months! Well done everyone haha
Subject: Re: Preselection date Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:37 pm
@AmbraS: don't lose your hope) I first kinda got into Blue Book with translations application, so you may say it doesn't count) March was my second try but with general application, which for October session stayed absolutly the same.
Subject: Re: Preselection date Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:10 am
Don't lose hope guys, in the first round you compete only with people from your country so it is a little bit of a gamble, every semester different people apply so one year you might be well below the threshold and other year you might get in... Congratulations to everyone who made it!
Subject: Re: Preselection date Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:39 am
yesterday I received mail about message on my personal account. When i login into my account there's no new message concerning my application for traineeship October2016 at the European Commission. Anyone with same situation or knows why isn't visible for me?
Subject: Re: Preselection date Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:58 am
I want to have you opinion on an irregularity that I have witnessed in the evaluation process of my application:
2 days ago, as most of you did, I received an email saying that I have a message in my EC Traineeship account. I log in, and there it states: "your application has not passed the pre-selection phase as you indicated in my application a period of working experience within the European institutions exceeding six weeks, which infringes rules 2.3 etc...
Stuned and shocked, as i have never worked in any EU institution for less or more than 6 weeks, nor have I indicated it in my application form (I first thought I made a mistake, but countless verification proved me otherwise).
It is also stated in the in the eligibility check message that the traineeship Office does not have the power to change the decisions unless it can be proven that the committees did not act in accordance with the evaluation procedures (which I believe it can)
Do you think I have ground for an appeal ? (I have already sent an email to explain the situation with supporting documents but I have slim hopes.. Also, they don't provide the candidates with any kind of phone number).