“Watching customs on TV made me want to be a Civil Guard”

What motive makes a young person choose his future job? Working conditions, proximity, vacations, profession, family tradition… All these possibilities – and more – are behind more than 1,200 applicants who gathered this past weekend at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the Vigo campus, the headquarters of which is centralized in Galicia the tests for access to one of the 1,671 places offered for entry into the Civil Guard. Yesterday concluded the theoretical part of the test, which began weeks before with an evaluation of the merits that each opponent adds to the minimum requirements to be able to participate in these selective tests.

Carolina, Maria, Anxo and Adrian, after completing the opposition exam, yesterday. | // FDV

Psychological questions, languages, spelling and, for the first time, grammar were at the center of this second phase of opposition. “The exam was not far from what I planned. We went a little more blindly with the grammar, but nothing crazy came out,” explain young candidates from Lugo.

So much Oscar as Lucia, Ivan and Anton, joining the Civil Guard was his “dream”, favored, in the case of one of these opponents, by the Corps’ “equation” “to the salary of the National Police”. “I’ve always wanted to be a Civil Guard and this year I chose it,” he says. Although the minimum requirement to sit these selective tests is to hold an ESO degree, these young people have both a bachelor’s degree and a university degree, in one case.

her companions Nuria and Kristel, both graduates of professional training, found themselves in these oppositions one for “own work of the Civil Guard, I like it to help others” and another for the influence of their partner. “This is the Civil Guard, I got to see how it works inside and what the dynamics are like and I really liked it,” says one of these young women.

The group was satisfied with the exams, which were “more or less” difficult as expected. “Like any opposition, it’s always a matter of luck, but for that you have to trust, it’s hard to say whether it went well or badly, there are doubts,” the group said.

“The exam was accessible, but as with any opposition, you have to be cautious,” says a candidate

De Vigo and Porinho were also involved in these oppositions Maria, Carolina, Adrian and Anxo. Trained at the Fonseca Academy, the four are very clear about why they are Civil Guardsmen. “I always had the idea of ​​being a pilot and watching TV, in programs about the work of customs agents, I became very interested in their work and here we are,” says Adrian. Both Maria and Anxo have had this vocation since childhood, and in the case of Karolina, the working conditions motivated her to present herself. “I finished ESO, did my BA and prepared to teach; but I didn’t feel complete, so in order to help people and also for the holidays, I decided to join the Civil Guard”, says this young woman.

All four agree that the exam was “accessible,” but prefer to tread carefully. “The best thing to do in the face of opposition is to be cautious. We believe people were very prepared this year because they had the two years of COVID to study and take it as seriously as possible. In addition, there was also a change in the agenda, which benefited everyone who started two years ago,” the candidates say.

Next phases

Opponents who get a sufficient score in this knowledge test, which ended yesterday, will be called upon for the physical tests: speed test (60m race), endurance test (2km race), strength consisting of performing a gender specific number of push-ups and a 50m swim test.

Those who pass this third phase will undergo a personal interview to assess their mental fitness for the job they are applying for, and finally a medical examination to assess their health and physical fitness.

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