SAMANTHA IZOD - Department of International Trade

International Trade Trainee 2019-2021

It’s an exciting time to work for DIT and it’s incredibly rewarding to work on current affairs that will shape Britain’s future trading relationships.

SAMANTHA IZOD
  • My experience has been incredibly diverse! I have produced briefings for senior leaders, supported on the department’s annual business planning, worked with external stakeholders to promote the Australia trade negotiations and led on a UK-Uruguay trade dialogue within my overseas placement.

  • It’s an exciting time to work for DIT and it’s incredibly rewarding to work on current affairs that will shape Britain’s future trading relationships. The One DIT approach means I have met and worked with so many talented teams and there really is a role for everyone, whatever their interests may be.

  • It can take time to learn the trade policy lingo, but everyone has to start somewhere and there is no such thing as a silly question and DIT is a big advocate for professional learning and development.

  • Working in a small Embassy in Uruguay, it is definitely challenging to consider what actions are required to resolve long-standing trade barriers. However, this challenge comes with the reward of working directly with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Uruguay and engaging with the Uruguayan government.

  • Take up every opportunity you can because the two years will fly by, whether that be shadowing a senior leader, or getting involved with a volunteering network to build your contacts. After every placement, consider what skills you have gained and what areas you would like to work on so that you get the most out of every placement.