Careers in International Relations: FCO and Civil Service

PhDs and post-docs are welcome to attend this event.  No sign-up required

Wednesday 4th November 3pm – 4pm Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

Dr Samir Puri will share his experiences of working for HM Diplomatic Service (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cyprus), prior to joining to the War Studies department at King’s, where he now lectures.

He will be joined by Emma Attwell from the Civil Service who will explore other opportunities to develop a career in International Relations with the UK Civil Service.

NB: The Diplomatic Service Fast Stream is open to UK citizens, other departments with the Civil Service are open to UK, EU and Commonwealth Citizens.

Find out more about working for the Civil Service, from some very senior Civil Servants

King’s researchers are welcome to attend this event to hear from Senior Government Leaders about ‘Why Commercial Matters’.

Hear their views on why Commercial Capability is key to the future success of the Civil Service – and how you can be part of it.

Speakers at this event will be Bill Crothers (Government Chief Commercial Officer), John Manzoni (Chief Executive of the Civil Service), and Francis Maude (Minister for the Cabinet Office). Their presentations will be followed by drinks and networking with Senior Commercial Leaders in Government to explore why you should join the Commercial Fast Track.

Event date: Tuesday, 10th March 2015
Time: 1800 to 2030
Venue: 1 Horse Guards Road

Register for this event by clicking on the following link:

Be quick though – spaces are limited.

Or is public sector management more your thing?

Then you’ll probably know already that the NHS Management Training scheme is now open.

See my previous post for a ppt that lists many other possible public sector schemes.

They say:

Applications are now open for the highly-rated NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. Choose from four specialist routes, depending on your career interests: finance, health informatics, human resources and general management. Whichever route you choose, you’ll benefit from excellent career prospects, and thorough preparation for a successful career in the NHS – one of the largest employers in Europe.

Throughout the scheme you’ll undertake practical placements that develop your skills and experience, alongside study for professional qualifications in your chosen field. At the end of the scheme (which lasts for two and a half years if you’re on the finance route or two years for all other routes) you’ll have built a network of valuable contacts and a full CV that demonstrates your employability.

But it isn’t just the job prospects that make the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme so popular. The scheme has fantastic retention rates as benchmarked by the Association of Graduate Recruiters and you can find our trainees throughout the NHS in senior roles, including our current Chief Executive.

You can see why for yourself on our Facebook page with real career timelines and by asking questions to our current and past trainees.’

Come and have a chat with me about your application and the psychometric testing you’ll have to go through.

Civil Service FS event, and info on other public sector schemes

On Monday 14th October there is an opportunity to take part in a forum exploring careers within the Civil Service. Three Civil Servants at various stages of their careers, will talk about their experiences on the Fast Stream scheme. We will examine how the notoriously rigorous recruitment process works, the competencies they are looking for, and how these are assessed. There will be the opportunity to take part in group exercise similar to that used in the Fast Stream selection process.

This event is taking place on Monday 14th October 2013, 6pm -8pm, Strand Campus, Room K -1.55


Later the same week the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are visiting King’s. They are particularly keen to attract UK students from ethnic minorities, but all are welcome to come along and learn about life and careers in the FCO.

This event is taking place on Friday 18th October 3pm , 1.67 Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus


It is worth noting citizens of the EEA and the Commonwealth are eligible to apply for most roles within the Civil Service, though the FCO only accept applications from British nationals.

If you’re interested in public sector graduate schemes more generally, you may find some inspiration in this presentation that I’m doing at next week’s careers fair:

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