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Traveling the world by other means in 2020

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

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Becoming a FSO

Introducing the 30-Day PN Challenge

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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Becoming a FSO

How Did We Not Know That

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

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FSO Career

What does a Biden administration mean for the Foreign Service?

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

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Becoming a FSO

Taking the FSOT At-Home Online Proctored Test (OnVUE)

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

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FSO Career

Foreign Service Officer Salary: A Comprehensive Guide (2020 update)

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

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Becoming a FSO

FSOT February 2020 Updates

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

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Becoming a FSO

Yahoo is shutting down the FSO Yahoo Groups

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

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