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Career Talk: British Ambassador Dr Rob Dixon

27 Apr 2021
‘Nothing is impossible!’ That is the inspirational advise His Excellency the Ambassador of the UK Dr. Rob Dixon gave to BSS students. His Excellency was a special guest speaker during our Career Talk – a part of the Life and Career Skills curriculum.

During his speech focused on the choice of a career His Excellency mentioned some of the important life skills of the 21st century we are trying to instill in our students and they have become some of the BSS Keys for Success. In his speech he talked about resilience, perseverance, open-mindedness, risk taking and being reflective. 

'It’s a real pleasure to be here today. What I will try to do today is to give you a little bit of a flavour as you might start to think about careers and jobs after school. I will give you a little bit of a sense of my journey as a diplomat and I have been a diplomat for 20 years but it started completely by accident.

I will also give you a little bit of a sense of some of the things that sort of guided me to have made the choices in my career', added Dr Dixon.

He explained to our students that a career should inspire them. They should listen to people around them - family and friends, but at the end of the day they should make their own choice. 

'All jobs test your resilience, test your sense of dedication, stickability, your sense of your own commitment and that is normal. Some jobs require even more resilience', continued His Excellency. But according to his words everyone's values will help them decide whether the thing they have chosen to do is still the thing they really want to do.

He also advised BSS students to be adaptable and ready to change.

When asked where he sees himself in 10-year time His Excellency Mr. Dixon answered he would like to have challenges and opportunities that keep him inspired rather than necessarily a particular job.

 Dr Rob Dixon was appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria in 2020 in succession to Ms Emma Hopkins OBE.

‘For me as an ambassador here in Bulgaria it’s a brilliant job. It’s a tremendous honour. With my team we are busy working on the relationships between UK and Bulgaria’, said His Excellency.

‘I found an incredibly friendly country, people are very warm and open, the country is really beautiful’, commented Ambassador Dixon.

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