Thomas de Freitas

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A high-flying career in international diplomacy beckons for Edge Hill University student Thomas de Freitas after he was selected to attend a global conference for future leaders.

The second year Law with Politics student joined 99 other delegates, from 75 different countries, at the Young Diplomats Forum 2018 thanks to the University’s Student Opportunity Fund, which provides financial support to enable students to access career-enhancing projects or activities.

The five-day conference, held in Canary Wharf, London, featured a packed programme of practical activities, talks and workshops designed to engage young diplomats with the hot topics of international affairs. As well as gaining valuable insights into the world of international diplomacy and enhancing his employability skills, Thomas also had the opportunity to network with Ambassadors, MPs, MEPs, Government officials and world-leading experts on global affairs. The career-boosting conference also included a visit to the Houses of Parliament and a closing ceremony at the House of Lords.

Thomas said: “The first-hand exposure to Ambassadors, lawmakers and institutions was invaluable to my understanding of global politics. The workshops on areas such as policy development and treaties were incredibly useful for my degree, as so much of what we look at in law originates from treaties between countries which are negotiated by governments and their diplomats.”

Prior to attending the Young Diplomats Forum, Thomas spent six months interning for a local MP, and worked as a political researcher during his summer break. He has also secured a week-long internship at the European Parliament in Brussels, working for an MEP, to further enhance his skills and experience.

Thomas added: “Attending the Forum will make my CV stand out when applying to work for MPs in London, which is incredibly competitive, and hopefully will help me get a job in the field of Development/Aid in the future.”

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