Grad Bites: International Relations – the Diplomatic Service

For anyone interested in international relations, this interview with British diplomat Jon Benjamin, makes fascinating listening. Having lived and worked all over the world, his story is full of interesting anecdotes from his first assignment in the diplomatic service, to his ambassador roles in Chile and Ghana (during the West African ebola virus outbreak), settling into different cultures and managing complex Human Rights issues. If you’re wondering what to do with your International Relations & Politics degree, this might be it!


Grad Bites: International Relations – the Diplomatic Service


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If you are interested in pursuing a career in international relations, check out opportunities with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) here.


See more from Jon Benjamin:

Grad Bites: Starting a Career in the Foreign Office

Jon talks about the diplomatic service, qualities they look for in candidates & the application process


Grad Bites: Choosing a Graduate Career

Guidance on career direction, from consciously thinking about your options, to getting the best information & following your passion



About Jon Benjamin

Jon has worked in the diplomatic service for over 30 years. Previously Ambassador to Chile and Ghana, he is currently Director of the Foreign Office’s Diplomatic Academy. Other roles have included 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 graduate in German, Swedish & International Relations from the University of Surrey. He is from London and is a big West Ham fan.

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