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Hi, I'm Jack

I’m the author of Path to Foreign Service (pFS) and creator of FSO Compass, the leading online Foreign Service preparation membership. Click here to learn more about me and my work.

Since 2014, pFS and FSO Compass have been helping applicants join the Foreign Service with guidance on the assessment, career, lifestyle, and more. Most importantly, these resources bring together a community of aspiring candidates and diplomatic leaders to support one another in pursuit of diplomacy. Find out more about FSO Compass.

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  • Framing. Six email lessons walk you through an introduction to the Foreign Service and initial application.
  • Tools and strategies to take action. The course includes recommended tools and strategies to help your preparation. 
  • Jumpstart your career in the FS. You can use this course to build your foundation to joining the Foreign Service. 
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