Profession consul

Consuls represent governments in foreign institutions such as embassies in order to facilitate economic and political cooperation between the two nations. They protect the interests of their home nation and provide bureaucratic assistance to citizens living as expatriates or travelling in the host country.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Social / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Government representation

    The legal and public representation methods and procedures of the government during trial cases or for communication purposes, and the specific aspects of the governmental bodies being represented in order to ensure accurate representation.

  • Foreign affairs

    The operations of a foreign affairs department in a government or public organisation and its regulations.

  • Public finance

    The economic influence of the government, and the workings of government revenue and expenditures.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures involved in the implementation of government policies in national and local governmental organisations.

Skills

  • Issue official documents

    Issue and certify official documents to national citizens and foreigners such as passports and certificates.

  • Build international relations

    Build positive communication dynamics with organisations from different countries in order to build a cooperative relationship and optimise information exchange.

  • Offer assistance to national citizens

    Offer assistance to national citizens abroad in emergency situations or for matters related to the national jurisdiction.

  • Develop international cooperation strategies

    Develop plans which ensure a cooperation between international public organisations such as researching different international organisations and their goals and assessing possible alignment with other organisations.

  • Advise on public finance

    Advise public organisations such as governmental organisations on their financial operations and procedures, to ensure optimal efficiency.

  • Analyse problems for opportunities

    Identify and anticipate problems in order to choose a course of action, come up with appropriate solutions or even identify opportunities for further development.

  • Consider economic criteria in decision making

    Develop proposals and take appropriate decisions taking into account economic criteria.

  • Assess risk factors

    Determine the influence of economical, political and cultural risk factors and additional issues.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Maintain relationships with government agencies

    Establish and maintain cordial working relationships with peers in different governmental agencies.

Optional knowledge and skills

show intercultural awareness business management principles immigration law international commercial transactions rules respond to enquiries analyse foreign affairs policies diplomatic principles international law advise on foreign affairs policies look after trade delegations commercial law family law apply immigration law foreign affairs policy development apply diplomatic principles facilitate official agreement ensure cross-department cooperation manage government policy implementation organise cultural events speak different languages perform political negotiation economics coordinate government activities in foreign institutions