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Hello everybody:

I successfully passed the EU accreditation test some days ago (DE and EN into ES, IT failed, I was exhausted by then, unluckily). I couldn't be happier about it, so now I'd like to take the right steps and do a good job.

I believe I should move to Brussels in order to get more work; nevertheless, I 'd also like to learn Portuguese first: would it make sense to spend some time im Portugal now and move to Brussels once I've reached the proficiency to add it as C language? I'm more or less young now (29) and I fear that I won't have the chance to live in Portugal later on unless I do it now.

In addition, the University of Porto offers a master degree ( which I might do to make sure I keep practicing during that time.

Also, if anyone here as any advice to give to newcomers like me, it would be very much appreciated. Right now I could use everything anyone tells me, as you can imagine. Whatever you would have liked to know when you first started but no one told you.

Thank you all in advance.


asked 28 Apr, 06:36

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Hi again,

As I said in my answer to your other question, I'm in the English booth, so please take what I'm saying with a pinch of salt. What applies to my booth doesn't necessarily apply 100% to yours.

You say that you believe you should move to Brussels. Probably! But the very least you need to do is set your domicile in Brussels. If you set your domicile in Madrid and you only have two (or even three) C languages there is little or no chance of you being hired by the institutions for work in Brussels. Moving to Brussels might depend on whether there is a newcomers scheme for your booth and your being selected for it. Remember that if you live in Brussels you might get the occasional short-term contract, which you wouldn't be able to accept if you live elsewhere.

I suppose you are intending to re-sit your Italian test. Make sure you're ready for that before you start working on anything else. You say you want to learn Portuguese. It's up to you, but is doing another Master's degree really the best approach, especially as the fees are 4,500 euro? You might be able to find a cheaper way to learn the language. I notice you don't have French - you should check whether that is an issue when you speak to your head of unit at SCIC and the EP.

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