I am prior service Air Force former Military Police. He is recipient of numerous State Department awards, the Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award from the U. It would not be uncommon for someone to develop regional expertise over time, but regional expertise doesn't mean you'd be bouncing between Paris and Geneva for the rest of your career. I stupidly read this after I took the exam so I'm kinda on pins and needles as to my actual score seeing that some of the questions as I review the answers. I am never sure how to respond to these questions you are not the first to ask - ultimately, you have to compete with thousands of people, the vast majority of whom have a college degree at a minimum, plus a language or two, and so on. Make every action and every word you use roll up into one or more of the.
Please don't try to game the system - it won't work the way you're hoping it will. Despite the difficulties you mentioned, I am still interested in the Foreign Service. Most of what you read online about the Foreign Service is rosy and, in my opinion, defends it to a fault. Because of financial aid, four years of college are pretty much paid for. I think the constant traveling has made me quite resilient to stress, no matter what my personal circumstances are. Thanks again for your response. I would greatly appreciate a diolog with you as it is not a desist on to take lightly when it means uprooting my family and possible separating from the Man an I am deeply in love with.
How often do you travel now? I am not sure how my family overseas affected my clearance process. Maybe, but that's a silly game to play and it's likely counterproductive to your other career and non-career goals. Jack, thanks for your message. Thanks for any guidance you can offer! I'm not an office person either, so teaching has been a great choice for me. I wonder if you can give me your advice. Upcoming Foreign Service Officer Testing Windows This chart contains relevant dates for the next three Foreign Service Officer Tests. But in general, I think it is very decent.
As someone who has toyed with the idea of the Foreign Service for several years, the one question I find it difficult to get a handle on relates to your 3—U. It appears that consular continues to be the least-sought-after cone, but that should not be interepreted to mean it's easy. Do you think this is the right track? Your work experience sounds awesome and that is, frankly, at times much better than a bunch of academic degrees. Tell your mom that you can get killed every day by a drunk driver on a rural road outside of Albuquerque or while watching the Boston marathon. Hello Diplomatic Mama, Thank you very much for your posts. However, the best way to make this sub as helpful as possible is to have as many people contribute as possible. .
I agree that the Foreign Service is the best job in the U. I passed the written test for the U. Basically, more school or more work experience? How is your son transitioning? I was never told what that interest was and my consulate was never contacted. Like I said, the foreign service is my dream, and I will do what ever it takes to become apart of it! Fix whatever it is and try again. Does resigning begin with a resignation letter? Also, I plan to work towards fluency in either German or Russian during my college years, and after college, I plan to teach English overseas. Well, anything I say shoul be taken with a grain of salt since it is just my own opinion. I was planing to go to medical school, so i never thought about getting masters until now.
Foreign Service and are currently preparing, or wish to prepare for, the Foreign Service Officer written and oral assessments. Iv'e looked through the pages on the government's website and had a couple questions. Things are still in up in the air for us but would love to connect more directly and learn from you at some point. Should I wait to apply until after things return to normal? If you post a comment and expect to receive a response, you have to go through proper channels and be genuine. With international school experience had no trouble getting offered other positions and decided to take one in Tokyo. It took me almost a year from resignation letter to the final date.
Once an application for a test window is submitted, it cannot be changed. It reminds me of my own recent experiences. Thanks so much for your thoughts! More detailed information is available at. Given its high-pressure working environment, the Foreign Service has elevated levels of stress that can negatively influence behavior. I did drugs or committed a crime or did something stupid recently? The State Department makes you pick your Career Track, aka Cone, when you register for the Exam. We are currently in the midst of the security clearance process. Can attest from personal experience.
I'm in love with the idea of the Foreign Service. The process is highly competitive, and many candidates repeat the process more than once before succeeding. China only allows in about 40 foreign films annually. The hard part for me is that my partner does not have the same wants to live abroad being a migrant from Ghana. While many employees are excellent colleagues, the Department has its fair share of bad bosses and nasty coworkers. Thanks in advance for your time. I want my job back but not sure how to go about it.
You of course have done a massive amount of work so I'd be willing to pitch in for this. It is primarily an office job, and a government office job with lots of bureauacracy at that. I posed on the Reddit Foreign Service group to see if others had had better luck in communicating with them via the messaging system and Facebook. Your blog is very informative and helpful, thank you for sharing with us. It does not matter what you major in - it is way too early for you to even think about this. And yes, the single woman thing is definitely a point of consideration. But knowing the institution I work for, I do not think anything changed at all.
Before I begin, a brief departure on a different topics for all the parents out there. Thank you so much for your time and guidance! Your track will be decisive for your future assignments and career development. Government, but it may not be the best job for everyone. I dropped out of college in 2012 and have been struggling to pay off loans to go back to school. And since I am a recent hire, I honestly have no idea how hiring philosophy has changed. As for income--again, depends what you compare it to. The rules are written to be equalizers and may make no sense.