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Diplomatic Service officer

Diplomatic Service officers help to promote and protect British interests, businesses and citizens overseas.

Potential salary

£25,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 40 a week

  • administration skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties will depend on your role but may include:

  • monitoring and analysing overseas events
  • developing policies and strategies towards different countries
  • dealing with press and communications at home and abroad
  • promoting overseas investment into the UK
  • giving consular support to UK citizens abroad
  • processing visa applications for people looking to visit, study or work in the UK
  • giving admin support to other embassy staff

You could work in an office or be based overseas.

You'll have access to a wide range of Civil Service training, designed to prepare you for your first overseas posting. This includes foreign language training.

You'll be encouraged to identify your own training needs as part of an appraisal and staff development programme.

After 2 years, you can apply to join the Fast Stream programme if your manager thinks you have the potential for senior management.

You can find out more about working in the Diplomatic Service through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Civil Service Careers.

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