Career outlook for diplomatic service officer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would represent the United Kingdom in another country and help to develop UK foreign policy. You’d help British citizens if they have serious problems when they are abroad.
You would work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) either in the UK or abroad.
You would promote and protect British interests and citizens overseas. You’d give advice and support to Governmemt ministers to develop UK foreign policy.
You could have political, commercial or consular responsibilities.
This means you might:
- Report on political and economic developments in other countries
- Represent the United Kingdom to a foreign government and media
- Help UK companies to trade overseas
- Encourage foreign companies to invest in the UK
- Help British citizens in other countries
- Handle visa applications from people who wish to come to the UK
Your day-to-day work would depend on your role. For example:
- Policy officers research issues and help to develop policy and strategy
- Executive assistants draft letters, handle accounts and invoices, and provide clerical support
- Administrative assistants provide clerical support
If you are a UK-based policy or operational officer, you might be responsible for one country or geographical area. Or you could work on a specific foreign policy issue that affects many countries.
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