Skip to content Molly
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Apprentice
Guest blogger for FCO Careers
Part of FCO Apprenticeship Schemes
7th February 2020 United Kingdom
Molly: a day in the life of a Foreign Office apprentice Molly is a Level 3 HR Support Apprentice, working in the Finance Directorate at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
My typical day at the Foreign OfficeA typical day in the office for me is working with my team to help get our officers overseas. This can range from liaising with our freight contractors to move personal belongings, to collaborating with our appointments teams to know who’s going where, to presenting on a course to help prepare our officers for their roles and life overseas.
Life as an apprentice is always varied with our requirement for “off the job” learning, which leads us into some great learning opportunities.
My biggest achievement so far?I have lots of little achievements within my time in HR Services and a few big ones.
For me, every arri..
Anastasia Edel, The New York Times, Jan. 19, 2019; original article contains links
The American president has changed my relationship with both my old country and my new one.
image (not from article) fromExcerpt:
American attitudes toward Russia and Russians have always been hostage to the larger relationship between our nations. During the Reagan years, Russia was the “evil empire,” purveyor of nuclear arms, spies and Hollywood villains. The Russians repaid in kind: At a New Year’s show in the Kremlin Palace that I attended at the tender age of 9, the antagonist was an agent of the “rotting West” sent to steal Soviet children’s gifts.
But there were always counterpoints. Which American intellectual didn’t lose him or herself in “The Brothers Karamazov”? Which Soviet dissident didn’t hope to be shouldered by the American government, the guarantor of human rights, dignity and freedom of conscience? As we listened to the Voice of America on crackling radio transmitters in our tiny Soviet..
NewsGuard is a web browser extension app which has recently become a default extension in Microsoft’s mobile edge browser. Advised by individuals such as Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security for the George W. Bush administration; Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time magazine and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] for the Obama administration; and Don Baer, the chairman of Burson, Cohn & Wolfe and former White House Communications Director for the Clinton administration; Newsguard aims to apply rankings of “trustworthiness” to individual news websites in an attempt to fight “fake news.”
Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2019
It could easily be understood that Gantz is delegitimizing English-speaking immigrants as phonies who can’t be leaders of Israel.
Image from article: Benny Gantz speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 17, 2019
“In a month and a half, we will all choose between a ruler who has English from Boston, heavy makeup, and luxury suits – and an Israeli leadership which is real, caring, authentic and not phony,” Israel Resilience Party leader Benny Gantz said in a speech Tuesday night.
Leave aside the fact that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s English is from spending most of his childhood in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and not Boston.
What are all the other Israelis from Boston, Philadelphia, New York, London, Johannesburg or Melbourne supposed to think?
Regardless of what Gantz intended, that remark, as well as him saying that Netanyahu was busy in America “to improve your English and practice it at luxuri..
Digital devices play an increasingly central role in many people’s lives and analogue tools are becoming quickly outdated. Phone books, travel agencies, and taxi companies are becoming obsolete with the advent of mobile phones, Airbnb, Uber, and countless other online solutions. With the advent of the Internet of Things, not only are our obvious