Diplomat Hussein Hirji comments on the pros and cons of a career in diplomacy

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The conference set up was incredibly engaging and interactive. I enjoyed the fact that we were getting a feel for what type of tasks we would have to preform.

Diplomat Hussein Hirji comments on the pros and cons of a career in diplomacyA speaker that stood out to me was Hussein Hirji , he worked for the Aga Khan Development Network in Syria, Tajikistan and Kyrgzstan before entering diplomacy. He is a former Senior Officer in West Bank and Gaza, and was responsible for political and trade issues at the Representative Office in Ramallah.

Hussein closed the conference with a speech concerning the pros and cons of a career in diplomacy.

Pro of a Career in Diplomacy Cons of a Career in Diplomacy
Those involved are generally fascinated in the work itself. Financially not the top of the ladder. Comfortable but not impressive, its not something you would join to get rich quick.
Huge flow of opportunities You wont be promoted as fast as you should be
People you work with will always allow you to keep learning Inconsistency in the traveling
High caliber of work A bit of a challenge for those wanting a family

Hussein’s number advice for those wanting to enter the Foreign Service was to “ keep reading, stay engaged. Read the stuff you don’t agree with. Whatever view your government takes you need to be able to make intelligent policies.”

http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/trudeaucentre/student-blog/young-diplomats-of-canada-succeeding-as-a-diplomat/

https://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/hussein-hirji-economic-counsellor-at-the-embassy-of-canada-in-washington-undergraduate-alumni-cornell/

 

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