“Diplomacy is basically public service.”
This is one of the many lessons shared by Ambassador Nathaniel G. Imperial of Tel Aviv PE during an online session dubbed as “Diplomat’s Hour” with the 23rd Batch of FSO Cadets, last October 25, 2016.
The video conference is the third in the series of lectures for the FSO Cadetship Course Batch XXIII for the Module Diplomatic and Consular Practice and Skills: Consular Diplomacy and Practice, with the first two focusing on the overview of consular work and discussions tackling the technical aspects of consular practice, conducted by the officers from the DFA Office of Consular Affairs and from the Bureau of Immigration respectively.
During the one-hour Skype session, Ambassador Imperial regaled the cadets with snippets of stories from his 21 years as a Foreign Service Officer. He reminded the cadets that foremost in the career of an FSO is love for the country and its people. He likewise advised them that to do one’s work excellently, they must remain motivated, look at foreign service not as a job but as a career, think of ways to improve the system, expand their network, and be a team player.
On a lighter note, Ambassador Imperial emphasized the need for the batch to strengthen their solidarity and unity, to be friends with other batches and to have a life outside work. He added the need to make a flexible life plan with a supportive and understanding life partner, which was met by good-natured teasing from the participants.