Working at the FCO was a fulfilling experience for Emma. She had the opportunity to travel to Mexico to deliver a conference, develop a project to increase prosperity in emerging economies, and even write briefs for the British prime minister.
"Our placement students are a hugely valuable part of the team. Personally, I've been impressed by their enthusiasm, ability to learn quickly and bring a fresh perspective. The roles are challenging, so we expect students to take on responsibility at an early stage – and we provide access to a wide range of development and learning opportunities to support that," said Jemima Hodkinson, Desk Officer at the FCO.
A number of significant events took place in 2016 that had an impact on both her work and the FCO: the UK voting to leave the European Union, Theresa May becoming Prime Minister, and Donald Trump winning the US presidential election. Being able to witness such events from the perspective of a government body has been incredibly valuable.
“You learn skills and personal qualities that you just cannot learn at University, while also being able to add to your CV and have lots of stories to tell so that you stand out from the crowd when applying for graduate roles. I have learnt how to conduct myself professionally, present ideas to seniors, be hugely flexible and adaptable, meet and engage with people all over the world, and learn about potential career opportunities,” said Emma.