I am a confident and articulate Diplomat with over eight years’ experience in the public sector. My career in public service started at the Foreign & Commonwealth Service where I became the Operations Manager to lead a team of ten people assigned to process visa applications. I have since been promoted to become a Diplomat based at the British Embassy in Geneva where I am currently promoting UK trade interests across the continent.
Graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Business, Management and Public Policy from Aston University
Received a letter of recommendation from the current Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs while at current position
Successfully lead a team of ten civil servants with outstanding results
Jan 2012 – Present
Diplomat Foreign & Commonwealth Office- Geneva
Main duties performed:
Visiting different countries around the world to build friendly relationships with other governments and promoting UK interests
Holding talks with representatives from EU member states regarding Brexit and the future of UK-EU relationships
Being involved in negotiations and brainstorming sessions regarding increasing UK exports to Switzerland
Conducting extensive research on potential business opportunities in Europe
Producing reports on the ways in which British industries could be expanded
Sept 2008 – Dec 2011
Operations Manager FCO, London
Main duties performed:
Managing a team of 10 civil servants in granting (or rejecting) visa extension and conversion applications
Ensuring work is carried out in accordance with strict adherence to governmental directives regarding immigration policy
Writing reports highlighting statistics on the number of successful and unsuccessful visa applications and job market destinations for non-UK nationals
Trained new staff on the use of specialised software currently being used
2003 – 2007
BSc Business, Management & Public Policy
Grade achieved: 1:1
Social Problems and Public Policy A & B
People & Organisations
Modern British Governance
2001 – 2003 Results: English: A Maths: B Economics: B
Level 3 Certificate in Communication: Speaking in Public – LAMDA
Attended a 4-day “Presenting Skills” workshop conducted by Body Talk (2008)
Presentation Skills: Adept at presenting extensive as well as intensive data to various kinds of people from all backgrounds and nationalities.
Time management skills: Skilled at juggling a multitude of tasks and completing them before their deadlines.
Report writing skills: Confident in producing accurate and timely reports written with my audience in mind (who could be foreign nationals)
IT skills: Formally accredited in using the entire Microsoft Office suite and having excellent working knowledge of specialised software used to process passports and visa applications.
Hobbies and interests
In my free time, I enjoy watching the news and documentaries in order to keep myself informed about current affairs and the latest developments on the international market. I also enjoy travelling, reading the Economist and socialising with my family and friends.
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