Great article, thanks for candor which is balanced rather than just gloomy. If you own a study website or sell study materials and want to advertise them here, tread lightly. Use the time productively - there's no benefit to sitting around and stressing over the what-ifs of State Department hiring. The United States Department of State is fortunate to have so many outstanding candidates interested in joining the ranks of the Foreign Service. I know people who have but it is not common.
We appreciate people lurking for information. I will try to find work as a nurse and, if that is not an option, try to find volunteer work as a nurse. But seriously, what the heck does that even mean??! Pay ranges from low to great with housing benefits; it seems to depend on experience. From my own perspective, there are two issues for you to consider: 1 Worldwide availability; and 2 medical clearances. Look at the top posts and browse to get a handle on the process. Anonymous Hello, I am a college junior and I have seriously been interested in being a Foreign Service Officer for a very long time. I felt that I was discriminated against due to ignorance of the facts.
Expect to serve in places you may not want to be. I really need to know and think on this well before I complete the whole process. I do not want to dissuade you from pursuing your dream, but you should be aware of some realities of Foreign Service life that are not well publicized. In Fiscal Year 2003, Hispanic candidates represented 4. Is there even a slight chance of getting into the program.
It includes a group exercise, a structured interview and a case-management writing exercise. You'll be happier and more successful in the long run. There is no way to know without trying. Your blog has been a great resource for me while making sense of the lifestyle and experiences that potentially expects our family. If someone plays a sport, there are local teams to join or if you participate in local theater there may be groups to join but it takes effort and the opportunities for things aren't the same everywhere. Hi Shawn, thanks for your question. If possible, talk to an expert about what to expect; my suggestions may not be up to date and are based on my experience a decade ago.
To be eligible, the U. Yes, they live in secure accommodation but I don't see this as a reason not to do this sort of work. Do you have any advice for me because I am feeling stuck and feel like I can bring so much value to anything I touch. The test is administered online and is comprised of a series of multiple-choice questions and an essay. Being patriotic - look, whatever way you feel, you have to understand that you are overseas to promote U. I am a retired United States Navy Hospital Corpsman, Preventive Medicine Tech, Retired. I started singing it, spicing it up with random Twinkle twinkle same melody, you know.
Dear Diplomatic Mama, I am 34 and mother of three children 6 10 and 13. D , she can open up many opportunities to teach at more prestigious international schools. I am majoring in biology and minoring in Korean Studies. There is simply a lot of waiting involved. Posts in other parts of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa or central Asia may have tighter-knit expat communities or post culture or better housing options or other benefits that make them more desirable for some people. You have to be committed to doing your job.
I am very much a people-person and have a lot of life experience. China only allows in about 40 foreign films annually. In the event I do not successfully make it thru the lengthy application process this time around, what do you suggest to make my application more competitive for the next time- Grad school with a masters related to state department or work experience related to state department. However, after reading you post, I really do not want to be in negative environment and move so frequently, especially since I have 2 toddlers at home. Those who expect fairness, justice, or hold firm in their resolve often go wanting. Psychiatrists are only stationed at regional embassies.
I like to say that bad employees never leave; they just get shuffled around. Many talented people find this out after the fact and then leave the service. A , bilingual English and Spanish , working in software sales. Your blog is very informative and helpful, thank you for sharing with us. Three of us, in very different stages of life, are about to register and apply for the Foreign Service exam.
The best place to learn about this is in the Careers Section of the State Department website. S states and territories, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Please feel free to discuss current event topics, share study tips, provide prompts for timed essay exercises, etc. Language skills - nope, never a requirement. Your track will be decisive for your future assignments and career development. I also have no international work experience though I have tried, boy have I tried.
Or do we just really have to have the knowledge of current international affairs and the ability to analyze and answer possible situations regarding them? As of this writing, this post has been viewed almost 15,000 times with generally favorable reception. Next week, I will begin taking russian classes again. I have decided I want to apply now, but I was curious about a couple of things. I'm not an office person either, so teaching has been a great choice for me. Locals aren't generally interested in investing much time and energy into expats who will only be there 2-4 years. However the report notes State may discontinue security processing due to automatic disqualifiers found during a suitability review before the case reaches the security clearance adjudication phase.