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Diplomats represent the British government in foreign countries. These posts require a lot of foreign travel and can provide varied opportunities with each posting.

Time is split between countries.
Time is split between countries.

Your time will probably be split between London and foreign countries. In London you will act as a civil servant working for the government. When posted to a foreign country you are responsible for representing the UK. Careers as a diplomat involve quite a lot of moving around, as you essentially change jobs every couple of years as you are given a new post.

Typical work activities

Diplomats may move post every two to three years, so the job comes with a high level of disruption.


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