I Want To Work In … the Diplomatic Service


So do very many other graduates! The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly appears in the top ten in surveys of “employers graduates would most like to work for” and its Fast-Stream recruitment scheme receives almost 100 applications for every position.
So the competition is fierce, but there are a number of myths about the Diplomatic Service that put many people off applying:


You do need to be a British citizen

The main entry route for graduates is through the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Applications are accepted between September and November each year – see http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/the-different-streams/generalist/diplomatic-service for further details and closing dates

For other opportunities, see www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/working-for-us

Almost all posts require you to be willing to work abroad for up to two-thirds of your career.

The FCO website also includes detailed outlines of the work in the various roles above, case studies and information on how to apply.

For vacancy updates, follow FCOcareers on Twitter http://twitter.com/FCOcareers

Some Kent graduates in the FCO include:

Work Experience

Recruitment through the Fast Stream is competency-based: relevant experience is not required and is, in fact, not easy to obtain.

The key competencies are listed at http://faststream.civilservice.gov.uk/about-fast-stream/what-are-we-looking-forand can be gained through all kinds of experience – part-time and casual work, extra-curricular activities and study.

Civil Service Fast Stream Applications and Assessment Centre Information http://fast-stream.info

Diplomatic Service


Last fully updated 2013