This is the ultimate guide to help you become a US Foreign Service Officer (FSO)/diplomat in 2021. Along with a discussion on the process to become an FSO/diplomat, I will also share with you the steps you can take to best prepare and study for the personal narratives, the FSOT, and the oral assessment. Plus,
Listen, COVID-19 has sucked for many reasons. One reason that stands out for me, outside of not seeing family, the health impacts globally, the challenge to our students, and many more reasons, is the inability to travel abroad. This was to be a year of travel, but alas, it did not happen. I have coped
Taking the February 2021 FSOT, then this challenge is for you! The next testing window for the FSOT is between January 30 – February 6, 2021. You may think you still have two months of preparation time, and you do. phew But, you only have about a month left before your first important deadline. On
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I am always impressed by the ingenuity of aspiring Foreign Service Officers as they study and prepare for the Foreign Service application process. Over the years, I have seen the creation of groups, blogs, forums, and training programs from and for aspiring Officers. Today, I am pleased to showcase a new approach. Jac and Nat
Former Vice President Joe Biden is president-elect. The changing of the guard will bring a change in policy, management, vision, and action for the Department of State and the Foreign Service. With everything still relatively early, let’s take a fun, and by no means official, look into what the future could entail. Let me know
Beginning with the October 2020 Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Pearson is now offering candidates the opportunity to take the test at home with an online proctored test. With COVID-19 as a major concern, this is good timing and, most likely, a response to the pandemic. COVID-19 aside, this is still great news. Pearson and
The Foreign Service Officer salary is dynamic and ever-changing. Along with your promotion, each assignment can bring with it different danger pay, hardship pay, and cost-of-living adjustments that affect what you take home. Depending on international geopolitics, the strength of domestic and national currencies, and the size of your family, to name a few, your
Update: The FSOT in 2020 Beginning with the February 2020 FSOT, as a part of the registration process, candidates will be asked to complete their Personal Narratives (PNs). Candidates will be asked to address the following six areas: Leadership Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, Management Skills, Intellectual Skills, and Substantive Knowledge. Each of the six
Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Groups effective December 14, 2019, which means the FSO community is losing the “FSO Test” and “FSO Orals” Yahoo Groups, and all the files will be permanently deleted. Source. This is really bad news. For those of you who do not know, these two online groups have been instrumental to many