How to Become an Ambassador

by Shenron on February 10, 2010

There are many ways to become an ambassador for your home country, but the most common way is to work your way through the political ranks until you’ve gained enough clout to be able to work as an ambassador. Unfortunately, the position isn’t something you can just jump right into and learn the ropes as you go. When you’re appointed an ambassador, it is assumed you’re fully competent in all of the skills necessary to carry out the job title. Today, we’ll outline some of the things you need to have under your belt before you’ll even be considered to be an ambassador for your home nation.

Become Ambassador How to Become an Ambassador

1.Probably the most important thing you can do before becoming an ambassador is to learn a foreign language. And by learning, we don’t just mean knowing enough of it to pass the few exams they give to you in college. You’ll want to speak the language fluently enough to hold intellectual and political conversations with other people without stumbling. We suggest taking as many foreign language courses in the language you decide to master as possible. Once you’ve completed your formal education, traveling to a country that speaks your foreign language and spending time there, interacting with the local environment, will be not only good for your linguistic skills, but also for your resume.

2.Next in the list of things you should accomplish is a degree in foreign relations. These degrees usually involve a lot of history and political science courses that require you to be very knowledgeable about world politics and the local politics in the area you’re interested in being an ambassador for. With at least a graduate degree under your belt for international relations, you can apply for an internship with your Ambassador’s council. In the United States it is called the Council on American Ambassadors. Your apprenticeship there will get you into the system to work your way up.

Ambassador How to Become an Ambassador

3.You’ll more than likely be assigned to a small time job involving foreign relations at an embassy somewhere. You’ll gradually work your way up the ladder through various foreign service positions. You’ll probably spend time overseas working for embassies or aiding other ambassadors on their journeys. Once you’ve proven your worthiness for the job, you’ll finally be appointed an ambassador.

Many people work their entire lives towards becoming an ambassador for their country and never end up making it. There are a lot of political hoops to jump through and you’ll have to be ruthless to get the position you want. It really isn’t a job that can be obtained through hard work alone. You’ll have to exemplify your skills and show why you are better than the rest for the job of being an ambassador for your country.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Zahara April 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

i really really want to become an Ambassador,
however i feel that the British foreign office
might discriminate against a Muslim girl who wears Hijab,
and not consider me properly?
What are your opinions on this matter?



Mohammed April 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Wa alaikum Sister Zahara,

I agree with what you are saying. The world is increasingly becoming a difficult place for muslims to live. In this case, the best advice I can give you is to go back to the roots of Islam and become a practicing Muslim. They need to see and know what Islam really is(the religion of peace) and accept us that way.

I salute you for sticking to your Hijab. It is a symbol os respect and protection. May Allah make it easy for you.


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