Speechwriter: Embassy of the United States in Mexico
Alumnus Oscar graduated from Loughborough University, London with a degree in Diplomacy, Communication & Information Management in 2016. Oscar now works as a Speechwriter at the United States Embassy in Mexico.
For my B.A. I studied International Relations and specialized in Public Diplomacy. After, most of my positions included to a great extent Communications. Thinking it was the right time to pursue a Master’s Degree, I started searching for a program which encompassed Media and Communications, International Foreign Policy, as well as a focus on data mining and information management. After reviewing many universities in the US and UK, Loughborough was the only university that provided a program with such specific combination of topics.
The fact that Loughborough had opened a new campus in London made the decision of attending the University easier. The City of London represents a cultural melting pot, with a vibrant population, the perfect mixture between history and modernity, a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as an international authority in Protocol and Etiquette. For all that, studding in LUL was an obvious choice for me.
Coming from the Western Hemisphere, most of our political, social and economic perspectives are in line with those from the United States. Studying at Loughborough made me see beyond the western perspective. It opened up the door to a more detailed global vision, focusing on African, Middle Eastern, Asian and European affairs due to the variety of the student cohort and research topics.
Moreover, learning from the incredible lecturers, staff and colleagues at Loughborough London, helped me polish my cross-cultural communication skills; an expertise that is highly regarded in my field of work as it allows trustful partnerships to flourish, prevents conflicts, and subsequently strengthens the relationship with the other country through cultural understanding. I can affirm this was one of the most important lessons I learned, and one that has helped me progress in my career.
Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?
For students already taking the course, I would advise them to try to engage in as many activities as they can. In my experience, attending and volunteering several events made me expand my work connections network, allowed me to meet interesting people and enabled me to work on my social skills. I believe that when you step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to interact with people you think you have nothing in common with life will surprise you. For that matter, I would encourage them to socialize as much as they can within the LUL circle and beyond.
Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?
I did not join any clubs or groups; however, I did meet a great group of friends that came from Brazil, Croatia, Spain, Uruguay, Turkey, Jordan, China, Italy, Netherlands and Greece. We would get together as much as we could and cooked traditional dishes from our home countries in order for the others to try. This bonding culinary experience made us become a family, and I would say that it is the people you meet that make up the Loughborough experience. My kingdom for a pint and a pizza from Crate Brewery, our local hanging spot.
I am currently working for the Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the United States Embassy in Mexico. Public Affairs is in charge of media relations, as well as educational and cultural programs. The section collaborates with Mexican professional, governmental, educational, media and cultural institutions in Mexico to promote dialogue and understanding between the two countries.
PAS also provides information about the United States to Mexican audiences, including official policy statements from U.S. government officials and information about U.S. politics, foreign policy, business and trade, education and agriculture.
My career has been a journey packed with lessons, knowledge and a steady growth. I started working with the Mexican Commission for Refugee Aid, assisting refugees from Central America and Africa. There I developed my liking for cross-cultural communication, helping refugees with their everyday needs. From there, I assisted an American NGO focussed on LGBT Refugee Asylum and Protection, filming and editing interviews in order to understand the risks vulnerable populations face when crossing the US-Mexico border.
Later, I started working for the United Nations System in Mexico as Advisor to the UN Communications Group, where my passion for Communications, in all its forms, flourished. After five years in the United Nations System, I then went to Loughborough University London to study my masters, and not knowing it would be an executive course (meaning all classes were provided in the afternoon), I decided to approach my Embassy and obtained an internship at the Cultural Section.
Upon my return to Mexico City after the conclusion of my masters, I started working as Communication Expert for a project of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization working towards the Sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico in relation to water, fisheries and mangroves. One year later, after concluding the Communication Strategy of the project, I started working for the United States Embassy as Speechwriter for the Ambassador.
What I enjoy the most about my job is being able to learn from all sections. Writing about political and economic affairs, development and agriculture, or law enforcement and security, makes me feel like a “Jack of all Trades.” I have always been keen on learning as much as I can, and I believe this position allows me to do just that.
I am not quite sure, but I do hope it’s filled with lots of adventures, new experiences and interesting places.
I don’t have only one proud moment in my career, I have many, as I believe each stage in my career has had its highlight. One example of can be when I presented a promotional video, filmed and produced by me, to former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on his visit to Mexico City in 2014. To see him genuinely smile while watching the video, was a flabbergasting experience. He even clapped in the end! For some people, meeting the Kardashians is a milestone in their careers, but for me, being able to shake the hand of the man who positioned Sustainable Development at the forefront of the global agenda, and achieved the adoption of the Paris Agreement, was a complete honour.