Testimonials - Department of International Trade

DIT is a great place to pursue your goals (but don’t just take our word for it.) Our trainees share their experiences…

Reseanna Alnutt

“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.”

International Trade Trainee
  • I’ve worked with Ministerial private offices to organise meetings with businesses, on a joint trade and investment review with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and assisted in negotiations on a free trade agreement text. I’m currently working on clean energy trade opportunities out of the British Consulate in Canada.

  • It’s really rewarding to be part of the work on designing new free trade agreements and to be able to have a real-world impact on the success of businesses. Working with colleagues internationally, both while in the UK and overseas, has been a great experience. I’ve learnt a lot from being able to interact with such a wide variety of people across the world!

  • It’s a big department! I spent a bit of time understanding what each directorate is responsible for and where my various teams fitted into this. Also, trying to organise meetings to accommodate multiple time zones can be a bit of a challenge!

  • The time really flies by! Ask on the first day who you should connect with in your immediate team, and also in other teams and departments. The more people you can get to know earlier on makes it a lot easier to know who to go to with questions. Also, the department has lots of networks to get involved in, so make sure you take up as many opportunities as you can… and have fun!


“It’s such a crucial department, so you get the feeling that every role you do is to the benefit of the country.”

International Trade Trainee
  • I’ve done a real range – some policy work, project delivery, trade and investment focussed-work. I’ve had face time with Ministers meaning political work, and diplomatic work whilst overseas.

  • It’s a such a crucial department, so you get the feeling that every role you do is to the benefit of the country, which adds real pride. The variety within the department is also a great advantage.

  • It can often be very fast-paced due to the political nature of many roles in the department, but it’s flexible enough to cope with those challenges.

  • Being on your own in a foreign country can be difficult initially, but it presents many opportunities to get out there and experience things on your own, and also to make new friends and really socialise with colleagues.

  • Embrace everything. Postings go quicker than you expect so make the most of every opportunity, and don’t be afraid to ask for opportunities from your line manager or wider team. In my experience, they have been very receptive to that and are keen to help your development.