Foreign & Commonwealth Office Why a career in the Diplomatic Service? > Challenging work that often makes a difference to people’s lives > Very early responsibility > Experience a great variety of work > Excellent training and support Who we are > The lead government department handling foreign affairs working in two key areas: – Foreign policy – Service delivery overseas What we do – We deal on a daily basis with: • Climate change • Human rights • Helping British citizens abroad • Conflict resolution • Forced marriages • Trade and investment • Counter terrorism and so much more… Entry routes > Policy Entrants > Administrative Grade Recruitment > Recruitment of specialists Affect lives – work with Government > The Diplomatic Service policy entrant - a demanding graduate entry point into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office > An opportunity to work directly with members of the public and government ministers > Could you make a difference to national life, turn policy into reality? Graduate Fast Stream www.faststream.gov.uk Seven options: > > > > > > > Diplomatic Service European Fast Stream Central Departments Science & Engineering House of Commons Economists Statisticians Graduate Fast Stream The Diplomatic Service Options: > The Diplomatic Service* > Economists What you will do > First two training years in London – One year doing Policy delivery work – One year doing Service delivery work > Then abroad in one of 200 embassies, high commissions or consulates around the globe for two to three years mainly focusing on policy Training and Career Development > > > > > > A personal training programme Mentoring and buddying Coaching and e-learning On-the-job training Self study National School of Government Benefits > Starting salary from around £29,000 > Choice of pension costing a maximum of 3.5% of salary > 25 days holiday, plus 10.5 public holidays > Flexible working widely available > Opportunities to work internationally Entry Requirements > A 2:2 degree in any discipline* > All Diplomatic Service posts are open to UK nationals only Security Vetting > All our permanent staff must pass Developed Vetting > Tests you are not susceptible to pressure from other organisations > Your finances, criminal record and work and residency history will be checked > Strict no drugs policy How the scheme works > Online application between September and November annually – includes online verbal, numeric self-assessment with feedback provided > Online cognitive and non-cognitive tests > Invigilated ½ day e-Tray exercise > Two One-day Assessment Centres* Assessment Centre If you are successful in the online tests you’ll be invited to our assessment centre in London: – Group exercise – Briefing exercise – Policy Recommendation exercise – Interview It will be a stimulating experience and feedback is provided! What is being assessed? Our assessment process is wholly competency based and tests: – Drive for results – Learning and improving – Decision-making – Constructive thinking – Building productive relationships – Communicating with impact www.faststream.gov.uk > Please visit the web site > There are profiles of current Fast Streamers to read that will give you a flavour of the work we do > Remember, application is online - and it’s not a good idea to go to the wire on the closing date! Administrative Grades > Administrative Assistants > Executive Assistants > Check www.fco.gov.uk/careers Specialist Recruitment > Specialists provide invaluable knowledge and expertise to a wide variety of FCO roles > Recruitment dependent on business need, check www.fco.gov.uk/careers > The range of skills they bring is extensive and includes: – – – – – Research & analysis Legal expertise Accountancy & finance skills Audit, compliance and risk analysis Information technology Work Experience Visit our website www.fco.gov.uk/careers for details on the following: > We participate in Cabinet Office’s Summer Development and Placement Schemes – For more details please go to www.faststream.gov.uk Blogs • Foreign and Commonwealth Office blogsite - Global Conversations: – Daily accounts of what it’s really like to work for us – Bloggers include the Foreign Secretary, Ambassadors, Operational Officers and many more… – http://blogs.fco.gov.uk Open to all > Our recruitment policy is aimed at bringing in a talented and diverse workforce that represents the society that we serve. > We actively seek applications from all sections of society and offer positions to suitably qualified individuals regardless of ethnicity, religion, social/educational background, age, disability or sexual orientation. > Appointments at all levels of the FCO are made on the basis of merit. www.fco.gov.uk/careers Any Questions?