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Are You Interested in Working in the Diplomacy Sector?

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You’ve come to the right place! Diplomacy offers a unique and impactful career path where you can engage in international relations, negotiations, and promoting cooperation between countries. Here are some steps you can take to pursue a career in diplomacy:

Education and Qualifications

  • Obtain a relevant degree: Consider pursuing a degree in international relations, political science, public policy, or a related field. A joint Master’s degree in Digital International Relations and Diplomacy from UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) and EU Business School Switzerland provides you with a strong foundation for a diplomatic career – and the qualification is internationally accredited by ACBSP, IACBE, IQA and certified by eduQua.
  • An advanced qualification at the master’s level already places you a few steps ahead of applicants with an undergraduate qualification and provides deeper insights into areas of international relations and public policy.
  • Language skills: Many diplomatic positions require proficiency in at least one foreign language. English and French are particularly useful in international diplomacy, but other languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, or Russian might also be valuable depending on the region.

Gain Experience

  • Internships: Look for internships at government agencies, embassies, or international organizations. These opportunities can provide you with practical experience and networking opportunities in the field of diplomacy.
  • Volunteer work: Engage in volunteer activities related to international affairs or community development to demonstrate your commitment and gain relevant experience.
  • Such practical experience provides valuable career insights, especially for those who may have doubts about their future or about the type of jobs they can find after graduating – not to mention how highly such experience scores on your CV.
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Build Skills and Knowledge

  • Develop strong communication and negotiation skills: Diplomacy involves effective communication and negotiation, so work on developing these skills through practice and training. Join Toastmasters International – there are three chapters in Geneva ( – or the debating union on your campus.
  • Stay informed: Keep yourself updated on international affairs, geopolitical developments, and diplomatic issues by reading news, journals, and reports from reputable sources. 


  • Attend events: Participate in conferences, seminars, and workshops related to diplomacy and international relations. These events are excellent opportunities to meet professionals in the field and expand your network.
  • Join professional organizations: Consider joining organizations like the United Nations Association or diplomatic associations to connect with individuals working in diplomacy. 
  • EU Business School’s “Learning from Leaders” program introduces EU students to globally successful leaders as a fundamental aspect of their approach to providing the business education that will kickstart your career.
  • Your UNITAR-accredited degree, coupled with EU Business School’s acknowledged leadership in hosting visiting thought leaders such as former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium and Member of European Parliament; and Michael Moller, Director-General of the United Nations Office, Geneva, will set you up with all the high-level connections you need to launch your diplomatic career.ç
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Prepare for the Application Process

  • Research positions: Explore different career paths within diplomacy, such as foreign service officer, policy analyst, or diplomatic attaché.
  • Tailor your resume: Focus on improving your CV by highlighting relevant experiences, skills, and qualifications that align with diplomatic roles.
  • Prepare for interviews: Be ready to discuss international issues that are close to your heart, such as international trade and economics, technology and cybersecurity, and global governance and multilateralism. Use these topics to illustrate your interest in diplomacy, and how your background prepares you for a diplomatic career.

Seek Opportunities

  • Apply for diplomatic positions: Check government websites, international organizations, and diplomatic missions for job openings and application requirements.
  • Prepare to consider postings abroad: Be open to postings in foreign countries. Many diplomatic roles involve serving in embassies and consulates around the world, which for many aspiring applicants is a major attraction of working in the fields of diplomacy and international relations in the first place.

By following these steps, you can build a solid foundation for a successful career in diplomacy. And for all those embarking on their early career paths, remember that persistence, flexibility, and demonstrating a genuine passion for international relations will be key to success in this field. For more information about EU Business School’s innovative programs that will prepare you for a successful career in the field of  International Relations and Diplomacy click here.

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