On the Diplomatic Service Fast Stream, you’ll promote British interests overseas and support our businesses and citizens around the world.
London and overseas
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.
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.
From November 2019, the Diplomatic Service Fast Stream will be a 3-year scheme. This will give DS Fast Streamers opportunities to work in both the UK and Overseas whilst on the scheme. The options for the scheme may include:
Typical FCO policy roles may include being desk officer for a specific country, or policy lead on a thematic issue such as human rights, counter-terrorism or climate change.
Typical FCO operational roles may be working in a Minister’s office, in the media office, in the consular department, or working on finance/commercial issues.
International Relations Officer.
International Relations Officer.
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
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.
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:
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.