Careers in... Diplomacy

In the second of our Careers Talks for Net School students, we were delighted to welcome David Reed, British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada, to speak to us about careers in the diplomatic service. Mrs Bullock reports...

Enormous thanks to David Reed for his inspiring careers talk on working in the Diplomatic Service this week. David is the British Deputy High Commissioner to Canada and has previously been posted in roles in Cyprus, France, Poland, and the Cabinet Office in London. Students were fascinated to hear all about David’s interesting and varied career, which has enabled him to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.  He shared photos of a recent Artic expedition and talked of his experiences working with Boris Johnson, members of the British Royal Family and also the opportunity he had to meet the legendary Sir David Attenborough, as part of his current work to help combat climate change. 

Students learned about the main aspects of the work of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office including supporting the security of the UK, foreign trade and commercial relationships, protecting British citizens abroad and promoting British values.  David also talked about how he started out, as well as entry routes into becoming a British Diplomat.  He said he enjoys being able to make a positive difference in the world and is grateful to have such an enriching career.  We at Net School are incredibly grateful to him for taking time out to share it with us, we feel very privileged indeed.

The next careers talk is set to take place in January – watch this space for more information!