Grad Bites: Diplomacy & Networking

British diplomat, Jon Benjamin, talks about the crucial role of networking in diplomacy; for those new to networking, he explains how to approach it and build essential skills.


Grad Bites: Diplomacy and Networking


Find out more about Networking:

Grad Bites: How to Nail Networking
Top tips from recent grads & seasoned pros on how to get started & make the best impression

A guide to why it matters, finding your network & how to approach people


Find out more about the Diplomatic Service:

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is the UK government department responsible for protecting and promoting British interests around the world, through the FCO in London and our network of over 270 diplomatic posts in 168 countries and territories

Find out more about employment opportunities, work experience and internship schemes here.


Grad Bites: Starting a Career in the Foreign Office
Jon Benjamin talks about diplomacy, qualities the Foreign Office look for in candidates & the application process


About Jon Benjamin

Jon Benjamin, diplomat

Jon has been with the UK diplomatic service since 1986, where he has held several key roles including Ambassador to Chile and Ghana. He became Director of the Diplomatic Academy in July 2017. Previous positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office include Head of Human Rights Policy Department (2002 to 2005), Deputy Head of Drugs and International Crime Department (2000 to 2002), and Head of Zimbabwe Emergency Unit (2000).
Jon is a Londoner, a big West Ham fan and a Jewish Humanist. He studied German, Swedish & International Relations at university and has a strong background in human rights.
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Grad Bites: Choosing a Graduate Career
Jon offers guidance on choosing a graduate career, from consciously thinking about your options, to obtaining the best information & following your passion