It’s a tough job recruiting people who, if they are to apply for BC posts, must be willing to suspend so much disbelief, so here we offer a little help. The chap you see here has the job title “Director Learning, Creativity and Society” (and I’m quite serious about that). It’s probably best not to ask the British Council what that is supposed to mean unless you are at a very loose end, but it may help you to understand a little of the anomaly which is the British Council if you listen to what he has to say. (Click here for link: we turned off the automatic start because of potential interference with other videos)
Let me give you the 6 main points:
1. It’s a very exciting time to be joining the British Council
2. The British Council has gone through a major re-structuring programme
3. The British Council has identified 4 major programmes of activity:
- Knowledge economy
- Intercultural dialogue
- Climate security
- Building networks in the European neighbourhood
4. In order to bring these about, the British Council has decided
a) that they need some sort of expertise
b) that they need to know about other organisations
5. It will be somebody’s job to make sense of this confiture
6. It’s a very exciting time to be joining the British Council
He looks as though he means it, but how many of you dear readers believe that the knowledge economy is going to be affected one way or the other by the British Council? And what difference is the British Council likely to make to climate security? And if they haven’t been trying to get the hang of intercultural dialogue and building networks in Europe for the past 70 years, what exactly is it that they do? Well, it’s in there if you listen carefully: they want people who can generate “revenue streams”. In other words they want to bat on about climate security and intercultural whatnots, but above all they want to make money.
Since they are not too fussy about how they get it my advice is to watch your back.