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Students not aware of EU graduate vacancies, survey says

Published: Monday, 24 January 2011   Category: Public sector

Almost three-quarters of students are not aware of the graduate vacancies available in the civil service of the European Union, according to a new survey.

The poll, carried out by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, showed that 74.2 per cent of university students would not be able to apply because they know nothing about the EU recruitment process or application criteria.

Around 2,200 university students completed the poll, which also revealed that 56 per cent of respondents had considered working for the European Union.

Currently, the United Kingdom is under-represented in the EU civil service, when compared to other member states.

David Lidington, the UK government's Minister for Europe, said he was happy with the response to the survey, but said there is some work yet to do.

"The results show that there is clearly an appetite amongst young people for working in the EU institutions," he said. "There is also some work for us to do, in conjunction with our partners, to raise awareness of the career opportunities available."

The EU's graduate vacancies are open to all university-leavers, but the body are especially looking for graduates with French or German as a second language.

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