In Summary - Diplomat
A Diplomat represents their country’s government overseas, and counsel on international issues.
Diplomats typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Diplomat
- Representing the Government on international issues affecting the country
- Promoting policy and businesses to overseas governments, individuals, organisations and the media
- Negotiating international agreements e.g. drug control or endangered species
- Developing an understanding of local business practices and helping companies understand legislation surrounding the export of their goods and services
- Gathering information about the political and economic state of the host country
- Report writing and advising government ministers on relevant developments
- Detail project planning, anticipating problems
- Co-ordinating workload to ensure accurate project delivery
- Working to frequent tight deadlines
- Organising high-level Irish Government visits and hosting social functions
- Assisting Irish citizens in difficulties abroad
Interests - Diplomat
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
- Adaptability and resourcefulness
- Analysis and evaluation
- Strong planning and organisational skills
- Ability to persuade and influence and to cultivate institutional and personal relationships at many levels.
- Willingness and ability to work in foreign languages
- Communication skills (both orally and in writing)
- Presentation skills
- Ability to work independently
- Interest in public affairs and in international relations
- Awareness of political, economic, social and cultural life
Entry Requirements - Diplomat
Third Secretary is the entry grade to a diplomatic career. Diplomat is basically a training grade from which (subject to suitability for the role), a Third Secretary can be promoted to First Secretary.
Further competitive processes open the path for promotion to Counsellor and higher roles, such as Ambassador.
The role of Diplomat is open to graduates of all disciplines, in particular those who have qualified as a solicitor/barrister. A first or second class honours degree is essential. Relevant degree subjects include: Economics, History, Law, Politics, Public administration and Modern languages.
Last Updated: July, 2014
Pay & Salary - Diplomat
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 24k - 50k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Diplomat
EU Careers - European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)
Public Appointments Service
European Movement Ireland