Of course – it’s not for the faint hearted. The work is challenging. The EU Civil Service is relatively small. From your first day, you can expect to have a decent level of responsibility – you will instantly be the ‘go-to’ person on a particular subject.
So if you are looking for a career where you really get the chance to test your ability on a daily basis then the EU Civil Service could be for you.
The EU’s policies affect over 500 million citizens across 27 countries – not to mention policies on climate change, external relations and development which reach across the whole globe. So the work you do will be highly challenging but very significant.
Instant authority which tests your ability on policies that affect over 500 million people? Is that wise?
I am reminded of the Peter Principle:
In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.