Attention all students and young professionals interested in a career in diplomacy. AIIA Victoria is introducing the Young Professionals – 'Life as a Diplomat' Series. We welcome you to the first ever instalment of the series, on Thursday 23 May.

Our distinguished guest speaker is Susan Coles, Senior Career Diplomat at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Explore a career diplomat's first-hand experiences working in Australia and overseas, learn about essential diplomatic skills, and discover various career pathways and opportunities in diplomacy.

What does the day-to-day life of a diplomat entail? What challenges do diplomats commonly face? And how can young professionals kick-start their careers in diplomacy?

Join AIIA Victoria for an engaging information session led by an experienced diplomat, where you will gain a deeper understanding of what a career in this field entails.

Light refreshments will be served.

To see the flyer, please click here.

Attendees are encouraged to purchase their AIIA VIC Young Professionals membership prior to purchasing an event ticket. The AIIA VIC Young Professionals annual membership is ideal for tertiary students and early career professionals under the age of 35 and gives members discounted and free tickets to our events throughout the year.

AIIA Victoria gratefully acknowledges the Walter Mangold Trust Fund for its ongoing support of our young members.


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Life as a Diplomat
Susan Coles
  • Susan Coles (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT))

    Susan Coles

    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

    Ms Coles is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has served overseas as Ambassador to the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and the Comores Islands), and most recently, in the Pacific as Consul-General to French Polynesia. In previous postings as First Secretary at the Australian Mission to the UN Vienna, and at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore, she specialised in nuclear disarmament issues and regional trade issues, respectively. Has been a senior trade negotiator for DFAT including on Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea, China and the CP TPP. As a Rhodes Scholar, Ms Coles completed a post-graduate degree specialising in International Law, at the University of Oxford, with prior Law and Arts degrees from the University of Adelaide.

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