Facing a scarcity of top linguists, the EU institutions have decided to blitz the internet promoting the attractions of the job.
This polyglot army numbering well over a thousand will need fresh recruits, and Brussels wants to encourage young would-be interpreters to prepare and develop the skills Europe needs. One veteran confides the work stressed her to the point of nausea at the beginning, though says now it is a pleasure. She is learning a fourth language. Some of her colleagues have seven. English is the most-used, as a stepping stone between rarer languages. The salary is 5,000 euros per month for the interpreter just starting out, and double that by the end of his or her career. But the selection tests for promising candidates are quite the challenge. Only a third of those who try out are chosen for the team.