What advice does this Whitehall official have for getting into government?
Diplomacy and International Relations graduate Amelie Gericke has gone on to achieve impressive things since graduating from London Met in 2015.
Amelie now works for the UK Government, as Private Secretary to the Executive Director of Government Communication in the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet Office.
It’s testament to the quality teaching on the course, which has 100% graduate employment according to the latest government figures – on of more than 270 London Met courses to do so.
“My time at London Met was exciting,” says Amelie. “I am very grateful to have learned so much about different cultures and backgrounds due to the students coming from all over the world - essential for working in International Relations.
“I really appreciated that my lecturers were so dedicated and accessible.”
During her time at London Met, Amelie participated in an exchange year at San Francisco State University, where she studied International Relations and Affairs.
So, what advice would Amelie give to students looking to get into a career in diplomacy?
“Ask questions. I asked a lot of questions at London Met and the lecturers were always keen to help me. You could ask as long as you read the material - which is a fair call I think. I feel that if you put a lot of effort into your studies, you got out a lot out!
“You can get anywhere if you are really keen. I didn't even know the Government Communications Service existed or was part of the Cabinet Office when I applied, but I basically I tried my luck everywhere that sounded interesting.”
After working as an Executive Assistant in the Cabinet Office for nine months, Amelie was elevated to her current role in Whitehall.
“I only got promoted recently so I am still learning a lot,” she says. “But I really enjoy that every day is different and my problem solving and communication skills are being tested all the time.”
When she’s not busy in the Cabinet Office, Amelie can be found exploring the blissful British countryside.
London Met’s BA in Diplomacy and International Relations provides students with an excellent grounding in the development and dilemmas of diplomacy and international affairs in today’s globalising world. There is also an opportunity to specialise in a specific region, such as the Middle East and Africa, or to learn a language. Find out more here.
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