How the Shutdown is Affecting the State Department

The partial government shutdown continues in the United States and it is hurting both the economy and federal workers. Keeping personal opinion aside, let’s lay out a few facts about the shutdown: Today is day 28 of the shutdown Today is January 18, when federal district courts run out of funds. Civil cases may be suspended

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FSO Career

14 Interesting Protocols a Foreign Service Officer Must Follow

I was looking for a fun first post to kick off 2019 when I stumbled upon the official “Protocol for the Modern Diplomat” handbook, published by the Foreign Service Institute. If this manual will get me one step closer to being suave like Bond, then how could I not read it? …Right? Jokes aside, it

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FSO Career

Secretaries of State Still Living

  Do you know how many Secretaries of State are still living? It may come as a surprise to you. It did for me. My curiosity to determine how many remain arose, as most things do, by accident. I was watching a news reel when a story of the president came on and his meeting

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Looking back on 2018

The last post was what the kids these days call real. I shared with you my feelings and thoughts on not passing the FSO orals, my lessons learned, and the importance of persevering in this process. The effect from writing that post is more important to me. I was reminded again that this community is

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Becoming a FSO

Starting Over

Well, I didn’t pass the Foreign Service Oral Assessment. I’ve waited several weeks since taking the assessment to get to a point in my life that I am ready to write about it and share just a little with all of you. I’ll be as open as I can be, and as much as I

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Becoming a FSO

Exciting news all around

It’s been a while since I last wrote, and that’s because this summer has been a very busy one. Work has been non-stop, I got engaged, and a house purchase is around the corner. Lots of big moves. BUT, the one y’all are here because of is the Foreign Service. I took and passed the

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Becoming a FSO

FSO Compass is Evolving: 5 things to look forward to

A month ago, I sent an email to subscribers of the pFS newsletter with a simple question: would you be interested in a course to help you prep, study, and practice for the FSOT. The response surprised me. Nearly 20% responded yes! This percentage is huge! For comparison (I looked it up before I sent

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Becoming a FSO

How to Practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

So you’ve done all your studying and are ready to practice for the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), but you’re not really sure how? Don’t worry, I had the same problem. Actually, the vast majority of folks taking the test have had or are currently having the exact same problem. Why? Part of the reason

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