Posts in Career Coaching
Diplomatic Career Coaching has the Answer to Everything

Nurhannani Fazlur Rahman took a chance and joined the Diplomatic Development Training at Grassroot Diplomat. Here is her experience during this 3-month programme.

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How to Improve your Job Prospects in Diplomacy in 3 Months

Unfortunately, only 51% of social science graduates get into full-time positions with less than 4% entering jobs that is relevant to their degree of aspiration.

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One Hour to Change your Future

Brand yourself. Spin your experience to suit the world of foreign affairs. Let us show you how with career coaching sessions that is completely personalised to you. 

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Why we are investing in Albanian Youths

The Balkans region currently faces a lot of challenges in youth policy within the civil society sector. An example of this Albania, a country making a transition from the communist ideology. Young people are facing huge barriers in looking for ways to collaborate with the government, particularly in receiving support for their vision and work.

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7 Alternative Ways of Becoming a Diplomat

So, you want to become a diplomat? Are you sure you know what that means? If you are still sure, you will be glad to know that there are many different ways of joining the diplomatic elite without taking the traditional route. Here are a few cheating alternatives to climbing the ladder. 

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How to Attract Significant Government Attention

Being heard and enacting social reform is not just a problem under authoritarian regimes. Even in democracies, where newspapers have been filled with headlines on people crying out for change, we see little development or legislative change. Here are a couple of points which will help you achieve attention of governments and help you lobby your case. Persistence and preparation are key.

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Earn the Right to be Privileged

The latest graduates coming off the production line are entering a world unfamiliar to the previous generation. As news of the economic climate in the Western world spirals off into a negative trajectory, many graduates with perfectly enhanced skills – usually slaving away in unpaid internships – are now struggling to get on the property ladder, let alone buy their weekly groceries.

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Why Politicians and Youth Issues Don't Mix

Following the 2011 Summer UK riots Diane Abbott defiantly claimed that "cuts don't turn you into a thief". Then my intelligent friends failed to grasp the connection between poverty and crime, between social exclusion and anti-social behaviour, between labelling people as "mindless thugs" and them behaving like mindless thugs.

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Warwick International Development Summit

The Warwick International Development summit is a unique platform that allows participants to engage with critical issues facing the field of international development. See how Grassroot Diplomat participated in this student activity.

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CEO at Envision UK “We Are London” event

CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa provides nuggets of wisdom to students under the ages of 19 at Central Hall in Westminster, the hub of Europe's political activities.

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Bringing Diplomatic Coaching to the Royal Holloway Diplomatic Society

Talyn’s coaching session was extremely inspiring, motivating and eye-opening for diplomatic students at Royal Holloway. The students, most of whom will be graduating in July, felt like they could relate to Talyn’s stories. The audience was provided with an insightful version of how a possible career in diplomatic relations can develop. 

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Diplomatic Career Coaching: One Hour to Change your Future

Like many other graduates, I studied International Politics so that someday I could be in a position where I could change the world. Cheesy I know, but with the issue of climate change, famine, disease, growing inequality and human rights abuses across the world surely “they” (whoever ‘they’ are) need people like me who are passionate about enacting social change.

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Oxford Forum for International Development

The Oxford Forum for International Development is the UK’s highest profile student-led conference, run entirely by students of the University of Oxford. With about 500 participants, the CEO of Grassroot Diplomat Ms Talyn Rahman-Figueroa was invited to present a workshop on innovations in diplomacy. 

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The 26-Year Old Entrepreneur with Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and Nick Clegg In Her Network

As a frustrated graduate, Talyn decided to take forward her Master’s degree, United Nations training and high-level contacts to create a new social enterprise consultancy, working for the betterment of society. 

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Paving the Way for Citizen Diplomacy

The old stereotype of diplomacy is that of an elderly and dignified gentleman who is engaged in negotiations with men of similar calibre. Diplomacy is not just negotiations and secret disclosures but a formal representation of a recognised nation. Back before globalisation, sending diplomatic envoys to foreign lands was the only way to ensure international engagement at a face-to-face level. 

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Look out, Foreign Policy! Here comes Talyn!

“Imagine this. You are a diplomat representing your birth country, but your heritage lies with two other states from your parents and you are married to a non-native national. You are proud of your heritage, you love your family, and you are a strong supporter of the country you declared yourself to. One day, your country starts a fight with your partner’s country, and you have to lead the negotiations which may split the country, create political refugees, and potentially turn to war. Where does your loyalty lie?

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