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Can someone start as, say, a lawyer-linguist and then switch over to being a conference interpreter (or any other type of employee) in the same institutin, given that that person possesses the requisite experience, education level and passes the exams? Is preference given for employees who already work in the institution? I.e. a lawyer-linguist or lawyer for the Court of Justice decides that s/he would like to apply for a staff position under the Interpretation Directorate. Does that person have to leave their position and then apply like the rest of the population? Or would there ever be an exam given internally to fill the position before it goes public?

asked 26 Jun '14, 16:56

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edited 27 Jun '14, 03:31

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The principle is the same for all prospective employers: You need to prove that you have qualifications in conference interpreting. Which usually means that you need a specific training in conference interpreting, MA or PG course, before you can apply for the job.

Being a lawyer-linguist or a translator won't allow to be reassigned without specific training. Depending on the employer's policy, you might get some help to retrain and apply for a new job in a different DG within the same institution.

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answered 26 Jun '14, 20:38

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From what I understand, you have to take part in a regular EPSO competition for conference interpreters and be good enough to be included in the reserve list. When you're already on the list, it might be easier to get a job if you already have some experience with a given (EU) institution but it all depends on the employer's policy (or even a specific booth).

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answered 27 Jun '14, 09:32

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