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Is it still possible to become a diplomat/academic/columnist/writer/civil servant? watch

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    Essentially, I've noticed reading in the papers (in profiles, interviews and obituaries) about people who's careers sound something like: got a job at the IMF after graduating, then became a writer for The Times, then joined the Foreign Office, then worked on the Clinton campaign (writing a few books on the way) then became 'special envoy' to Latin America. Now retired but still teaches occasionally at Berkeley etc.

    Firstly, is this kind of career still possible, or have organisations and fields become so specialised that people have to stick to something specific and slowly work their way up? Also, is this something that only the very most talented and well connected people can aspire too, or is it open to anyone willing to put in the effort (maybe with 'junior researcher' instead of 'leader writer' and 'junior diplomat' instead of 'special envoy'. Thirdly, how could I possibly set myself up for a future like that? Where do you start out and what limitations are there?

    p.s. I'm going to Oxford next year for PPE and then probably the US for a PhD.
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    (Original post by boomchickawowwow)
    Essentially, I've noticed reading in the papers (in profiles, interviews and obituaries) about people who's careers sound something like: got a job at the IMF after graduating, then became a writer for The Times, then joined the Foreign Office, then worked on the Clinton campaign (writing a few books on the way) then became 'special envoy' to Latin America. Now retired but still teaches occasionally at Berkeley etc.
    Yes it's perfectly possible, you need to be talented and have good social skills, but you don't have to be a genius.

    What you should do at this stage is figure out what you're weaknesses are and start tackling them now.
 
 
 
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