Diplomatic service officer

Diplomatic service officers work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office either in the UK or abroad.

What does a diplomatic service officer do?

A diplomatic service officer is responsible for promoting and protecting British interests and citizens overseas, as well as providing advice and support to ministers developing UK foreign policy. 

What do I need to do to become a diplomatic service officer?

If you are interested in international affairs and you are good at solving problems, this job could suit you well. To be good at this job you will need to communicate well, and get on with people from all societies and cultures. You will need to be willing to work anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements vary depending on the grade of job you're applying for. To join the FCO at any grade, you must meet the nationality and residency requirements, and pass a strict security vetting process.

The qualifications and experience that you need to join the FCO will vary depending on the role you wish to apply for. You may be asked for GCSEs, A levels or a degree. Whatever your qualifications you would be expected to have relevant work or life experience. For example, experience in management or business administration for policy adviser jobs. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving

Academic route

  • GCSEs
  • A levels

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You would be based in London or Milton Keynes, or in embassies, consulates or High Commissions all over the world. 

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