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Diplomatic Service

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Diplomatic Service

On the Diplomatic Service Fast Stream, you’ll promote British interests overseas and support our businesses and citizens around the world.

Duration

3 years

Salary

£28K

Location

London and overseas

About

There's no such thing as a typical Diplomatic career. You could be based in London or working in a one of the Foreign Office's small, challenging or remote embassies, or working on global issues in one of our large embassies in Washington and Paris.

 

You might focus on bilateral work, multilateral work, consular support, media and communications, project management or decide to specialise in a particular region of the world.

 

Requirements

  • British citizen (those with dual nationality may apply) who have been a resident in the UK for at least 2 out of the last 10 years
  • you need, or expect to have, 2:2 degree or higher in any subject
  • Existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What will you experience?

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Foreign Office staff change roles routinely every 3 to 4 years. You’ll apply for each role according to your preferences, career ambitions, and personal circumstances.

 

All Diplomatic Service Fast Streamers must be granted ‘Developed Vetting’ security clearance before starting.

 

Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k.

 

You can also apply for the Diplomatic Service (Economics) scheme provided you meet the eligibility criteria.

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

Your training will help your understand how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office work and also diplomatic tradecraft:

 

- Job-specific training, often including a visit to one of our embassies overseas. 

- A buddy from the previous year’s Fast   Stream intake

- Coaching and mentoring available.

Up to £45k

Promotion could see you earn around £45k within 5 years

What benefits will you enjoy?

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You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, language learning opportunities, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

Application process

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Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.

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Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:

London

Newcastle

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Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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Next Event

The majority of Fast Stream events are held at universities across the UK. These campus events are typically only open to students and alumni of that university. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend an event on campus you will need to first contact the university concerned to see if they will be able to facilitate external guests.  
Fast Stream also attends a number of large careers events. Details of these are all posted on the events section of our website.