I am trying to find out stuff about diplomats, and I was wondering if anyone could help me by telling me: how to become one, what the job entails, job prospects and salaries. Thanks
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- 31-08-2007 02:17
- 31-08-2007 02:50
I'd suggest having a browse through FCO Careers.
- 01-09-2007 01:19
It's very competitive - Think the Fast Stream (5% success rate) but harder (there's an extra round beyond the assessment centre.)
Much easier, if more time-consuming to go into the home civil service, work your way up to junior management and transfer sideways into the Foreign Office or do a secondment.
I went into the civil service as a junior admin officer, applied for and got onto the Fast Stream through the in-service process (no psychometric tests or any of the early stages) and am in the process of lining up a European secondment.
To boost your chances, get as many "life" experiences as possible. Travel, work and volunteer and above all, get a language or two behind you.
All the best