The Green Book: An Irish Trainee’s Guide to Living and Working in Brussels (& other nice European cities) is an extremely useful handbook aimed at those who are interested in undertaking a traineeship in one of the EU institutions or those who are already working in one of those bodies.
Published by European Movement Ireland as part of their Grad Jobs in Europe campaign, this latest volume in the “The Green Book” series of e-books was launched by European Commissioner Phil Hogan last November. A copy of the publication is available to download here.
European Movement Ireland is a voluntary, not-for-profit, independent, membership-based organisation working to develop the connection between Ireland and Europe. It also aims to encourage more Irish people to take up a career in one of the EU institutions.
The Green Book is divided into three chapters that are full of detailed, up-to-date information. The book covers the preparations that are necessary before leaving for Europe, it gives an insight into the way of life in different European cities and there’s an overview of the opportunities that are available on completing a traineeship. The book is interspersed with testimonials from former stagiaires and people who work at various levels in the EU institutions. These accounts cover lots of aspects of daily life and careers in Europe.
The first chapter contains plenty of advice regarding applications for a stage. This chapter is aimed at easing the stress of applying for a traineeship – all the information relating to the process is compiled in an easily readable format. In addition, there are in-depth descriptions of the EU institutions and agencies, including the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
Chapter 2 covers various aspects of life in Europe, including finding accommodation, opening a bank account, food, social life and, of course, the world of work. Although this book includes information on other cities in Europe, this chapter pertains specifically to Brussels and Strasbourg.
Chapter 3 is aimed primarily at those who are considering staying in Europe after the end of their stage. This chapter contains the views of various people concerning the big decision: whether to stay in Europe or to return to Ireland after the traineeship. There is also information regarding competitions for positions in the various institutions, contracts and strategies for career advancement in the EU and in private companies. One of the sections in this chapter deals with language positions and this will be invaluable for those who are interested in working through Irish.
This book is a highly useful resource which contains all the latest information. Although there is a certain emphasis on Brussels in the publication, there is also plenty of information on other cities. It is essential reading for anyone interested in undertaking a traineeship or pursuing a career in the EU.