My name is Jennifer Bourke, and I’m a Third Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It can be anything from liaising with journalists about press queries that they have about the work that we do. Arranging events, attending events, live tweeting and taking photographs at events, planning campaigns. I take the lead for the department’s social media presence and that involves sourcing social media content, providing support and training for our missions across the world and helping them with their social media presence, also. The main ones, in my mind, are resilience, adaptability, the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines – while keeping a cool head – to manage several different tasks at once and very important is excellent communication skills. The best thing about being a diplomat is getting the amazing opportunity to travel and to represent your country abroad on an international level. Day to day, for me, working in the press office, the best thing about the job is definitely getting to work with an amazing team of people and also variety: no two days are ever the same. The work is always different, it’s always challenging and it’s always really fun as well when you work with good people. The value and the importance of working well as part of a team – particularly in the communications unit. Almost everything, we do is as a team so we communicate together constantly, any projects, events, campaigns that we work on we help each other out and assist each other. The same goes for any mission that you go to, you’re never going to be working alone. You always work with a team of people and it’s really important to be able to do that, to get on with your colleagues and your peers and to be able to assist them and to guide them, and have leadership skills as well to lead them. Having a second language to a fluent level, although it’s not a requirement to be a diplomat, it’s really highly valued and it’s really, really useful There are always promotional opportunities coming up and career progression is obviously encouraged, training is provided and from there it’s hoped and expected that you’ll stay with the department, work your way up and end up being in several different postings around the world throughout your career. I’m looking forward now to going to Thailand as the Third Secretary in the Embassy in Bangkok and that’s going to be a really exciting new chapter in my life. Moving over there getting used to a new place, a new culture, a new food, new colleagues. Everybody in the department who I work with all love our jobs and we all feel very strongly, about what we do. We’re really proud to represent our country.