If you have the dream of being a Denmark’s official representative in another country, and want to get rid of you as a diplomat, then the job as an ambassador is guaranteed for you.

Here you can read more about becoming an ambassador – and what such a person really does.

What does an ambassador do?

A new Danish ambassador to Poland, Thomas Møller (43), is welcomed by the President of Poland in 2010. He came from a position as Head of Finance in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Source: polennu.dk)

The ambassador is the official diplomat of one country in another country, and the official representative of his country. The Ambassador’s duties can be divided into three parts: the diplomatic, the ceremonial and the administrative function.

Diplomatic: Understand the culture they live in, but represent the interests of the home country in several respects.
Forward politics and decisions to the foreign government in the country.
Ceremonial: Represent the homeland at public event and be a visible symbol of their own country.
Administrative: The ambassador is the chief executive of the embassy in that country. Ambassadors typically have officers under them who take care of parts of this management function.

How to become an ambassador?

The road to becoming an ambassador is not very different from becoming a diplomat in general, though it may be a bit longer. After all, it’s not a job hanging on the trees. For example, a country like the United States has. 188 ambassadors. There is no fixed career path, but typically the ambassador has the following

Long education: A long-term university education, typically in political science, economics or law, but can also be in other fields of study such as. philosophy or history.
Clerk: Has made a political career and been employed as a clerk in the public service
Diplomat career: Has done a career in a number of diplomatic positions, in Denmark typically various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Positions as ambassador are being looked up in the Foreign Ministry (see link below). To be considered for such a position, you must possess a variety of abilities

Razor-sharp career profile: It is not enough that you have zigzagged through your career and tried “a little bit of each”, eg. been an entrepreneur, then a schoolteacher, and eventually a football coach.
Management experience: e.g. as office manager in a ministry.
Linguistic characteristics at the negotiation level relevant to the position. Of course, an ambassador in France must speak and write fluent French, but an ambassador in Poland, for example, is not expected to be able to speak Polish because it is a smaller country and a rather difficult language.
Note: Only 12% of Danish ambassadors are women. This does not mean that it is disqualifying to be a woman, but merely that there are fewer applicants among the women who qualify for the posted jobs.