Grad Bites: Starting a Career in the Foreign Office
In this video the Director of the Diplomatic Academy at the Foreign Office, Jon Benjamin, talks about the role of an ambassador, skills & qualities needed in a role in diplomacy, and how to apply to the Foreign Office.
Working at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office:
If you’re interested in working at the FCO, find out more about the application process here
“The FCO 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”
The Civil Service has been in the top 10 of the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers over the last decade and moved up to 2nd place in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers 2017-18.
About Jon Benjamin
Jon Benjamin has been a UK diplomat since 1986. Previously Ambassador to Chile and Ghana, Jon became Director of the Diplomatic Academy in July 2017.
He studied German, Swedish & International Relations at the University of Surrey and has a strong background in human rights.
Jon has also held several other positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, including 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 big West Ham fan, a Jewish Humanist and a Londoner.
For more insight and regular updates follow Jon on Twitter