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1 Foreign & Commonwealth Office

2 Why a career in the Diplomatic Service? > Challenging work that often makes a difference to peoples lives > Very early responsibility > Experience a great variety of work > Excellent training and support

3 Who we are > The lead government department handling foreign affairs working in two key areas: –Foreign policy –Service delivery overseas

4 What we do –We deal on a daily basis with: Climate change Human rights Helping British citizens abroad Conflict resolution Forced marriages Trade and investment Counter terrorism and so much more…

5 Entry routes > Policy Entrants > Administrative Grade Recruitment > Recruitment of specialists

6 Affect lives – work with Government > The Diplomatic Service policy entrant - a demanding graduate entry point into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office > An opportunity to work directly with members of the public and government ministers > Could you make a difference to national life, turn policy into reality?

7 Graduate Fast Stream Seven options: > Diplomatic Service > European Fast Stream > Central Departments > Science & Engineering > House of Commons > Economists > Statisticians

8 Graduate Fast Stream The Diplomatic Service Options: > The Diplomatic Service* > Economists

9 What you will do > First two training years in London –One year doing Policy delivery work – One year doing Service delivery work > Then abroad in one of 200 embassies, high commissions or consulates around the globe for two to three years mainly focusing on policy

10 Training and Career Development > A personal training programme > Mentoring and buddying > Coaching and e-learning > On-the-job training > Self study > National School of Government

11 Benefits > Starting salary from around £29,000 > Choice of pension costing a maximum of 3.5% of salary > 25 days holiday, plus 10.5 public holidays > Flexible working widely available > Opportunities to work internationally

12 Entry Requirements > A 2:2 degree in any discipline* > All Diplomatic Service posts are open to UK nationals only

13 Security Vetting > All our permanent staff must pass Developed Vetting > Tests you are not susceptible to pressure from other organisations > Your finances, criminal record and work and residency history will be checked > Strict no drugs policy

14 How the scheme works > Online application between September and November annually –includes online verbal, numeric self-assessment with feedback provided > Online cognitive and non-cognitive tests > Invigilated ½ day e-Tray exercise > Two One-day Assessment Centres*

15 Assessment Centre If you are successful in the online tests youll be invited to our assessment centre in London: –Group exercise –Briefing exercise –Policy Recommendation exercise –Interview It will be a stimulating experience and feedback is provided!

16 What is being assessed? Our assessment process is wholly competency based and tests: –Drive for results –Learning and improving –Decision-making –Constructive thinking –Building productive relationships –Communicating with impact

17 > Please visit the web site > There are profiles of current Fast Streamers to read that will give you a flavour of the work we do > Remember, application is online - and its not a good idea to go to the wire on the closing date!

18 Administrative Grades > Administrative Assistants > Executive Assistants > Check

19 Specialist Recruitment > Specialists provide invaluable knowledge and expertise to a wide variety of FCO roles > Recruitment dependent on business need, check > The range of skills they bring is extensive and includes: –Research & analysis –Legal expertise –Accountancy & finance skills –Audit, compliance and risk analysis –Information technology

20 Work Experience Visit our website for details on the following: > We participate in Cabinet Offices Summer Development and Placement Schemes –For more details please go to

21 Blogs Foreign and Commonwealth Office blogsite - Global Conversations: –Daily accounts of what its really like to work for us –Bloggers include the Foreign Secretary, Ambassadors, Operational Officers and many more… –http://blogs.fco.gov.ukhttp://blogs.fco.gov.uk

22 Open to all > Our recruitment policy is aimed at bringing in a talented and diverse workforce that represents the society that we serve. > We actively seek applications from all sections of society and offer positions to suitably qualified individuals regardless of ethnicity, religion, social/educational background, age, disability or sexual orientation. > Appointments at all levels of the FCO are made on the basis of merit.

23 Any Questions?


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