Wien, 22. April 2010 Press release

Spindelegger: „Being curious and discover new career opportunities“

Girls’ Day 2010 in the Foreign Ministry

Vienna, 22 April 2010 – „The aim of Girls’ Day is to encourage girls to discover their talents and gifts, to be curious and seize new career opportunities – including a professional career in the Austrian foreign service. I am therefore very pleased to see that Girls' Day has been attracting great attention for ten years now, and that some 60 schoolgirls visited us in the Foreign Ministry again this year to inform themselves about the many different possibilities of a career in the diplomatic service“, said Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger during today's Girls' Day event in the Foreign Ministry.

On this international „girl’s future day“, young girls are given the chance to inform themselves about career opportunities as diplomats. In personal meetings with the ministry's staff, they can learn more about the varied tasks of the Foreign Ministry.

The Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs employs a staff of 1,307 in Austria and abroad, of which 633 women and 674 men. The percentage of women in the total number of staff members has increased significantly in recent years, with, for instance, 20 women among 47 new entries in 2007.

More information on the admission procedure for university or secondary school graduates, or candidates with a different educational background, is available on the Foreign Ministry website under „Jobs“ (www.bmeia.gv.at).

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