Applying to the Diplomatic Service with History and Law degrees Watch

MC armani
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I have a history degree (2:1) from a top 5 uni as well as an LLB. Could anyone tell me if this would stand me in good stead for entering the diplomatic service at a slightly higher level position/progress more quickly within the service from the base entry level?

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There is currently a recruitment freeze in the civil service, which includes the diplomatic service. If you want to apply the best way to go in is the graduate fast stream. Your qualifications will be fine for the Fast Stream, and comparable with other applicants.

Occasionally specific FCO jobs are advertised elsewhere, or you can find jobs advertised as locally engaged in each country, but you would not be in the diplomatic service then. The FCO also has lawyers, but I don't know what their recruitment process is.
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There is currently a recruitment freeze in the civil service, which includes the diplomatic service. If you want to apply the best way to go in is the graduate fast stream. Your qualifications will be fine for the Fast Stream, and comparable with other applicants.

Occasionally specific FCO jobs are advertised elsewhere, or you can find jobs advertised as locally engaged in each country, but you would not be in the diplomatic service then. The FCO also has lawyers, but I don't know what their recruitment process is.
Thanks. I've been doing some research but I can't seem to get an idea of how competitive it is. Are you aware of any application:acceptance ratios? And what kind/level of qualifications do most people apply with?

Having seen your sig, do you mind me asking what field you're working in?
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Thanks. I've been doing some research but I can't seem to get an idea of how competitive it is. Are you aware of any application:acceptance ratios? And what kind/level of qualifications do most people apply with?

Having seen your sig, do you mind me asking what field you're working in?
There's a huge thread on here about the Fast Stream which I think has those ratios, or their website. A huge number of people apply, but quite a lot don't get through the first round of online testing. Most people go in with at least a degree, but the Fast Stream is a largely 'blind' application process, so they look at how you do in the tests, not your background. Again, look up the Fast Stream, it will give you that info.

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I have a history degree (2:1) from a top 5 uni as well as an LLB. Could anyone tell me if this would stand me in good stead for entering the diplomatic service at a slightly higher level position/progress more quickly within the service from the base entry level?

Many thanks
Agreed with Little Jules -- the best way of doing this would be via the Faststream. Regardless of any non-Faststream recruitment freeze (is that actually still strictly on-going anyway? I am sure my department has been recruiting some externals recently, although admittedly for highly specialised roles) it is unlikely that you'd be able to get into the Diplomatic Service at a higher grade than a Faststreamer unless you actually have significant directly relevant experience.

Regarding the Faststream, bear in mind that (i) the earliest you could apply would be this September, to start work September 2015 (or possibly April 2015, if the FCO has an intake then) and (ii) the Faststream is very competitive, and the Diplomatic Service is the most competitive option within the Faststream (Google the Cabinet Office statistics if you want to scare yourself with the numbers). That said, don't let it put you off as the headline numbers include everyone who registers for the online tests, many of whom won't be serious contenders.

As Little Jules says, assuming you meet the minimum criteria (and it sounds like you certainly do), your academic background won't be taken into account in the application process so the fact you have a second degree and have been to a top university will be of no direct benefit to your application.
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