2010 I sat EU competitions under special conditions due to a recognised lifelong disability. After several years of competition, I finally passed and became an AST1/2. I started at step 2 because I have more than 10 years of work experience outside the institutions.
In 2012 I joined the European Commission as an official and told my Head of Unit about my disability. As soon as I arrived, I made sure that I had my 3rd language registered in Sysper under Art 45.2 so that I would be eligible for promotion as soon as possible.
In my first job at the European Commission, my colleagues and I were bullied by a serial harasser. I turned to Social Services who were incredibly supportive. I did my work to the best of my ability but of course, I made mistakes due to my disability.