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
This is the ultimate guide to help you become a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) in 2020. Along with the process to become an FSO, 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, if you are on
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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I’ve heard it said before, some of the best things in life only come after failure. This is great, and very supportive in a father to son kind of fashion, but there is a piece missing. I think that the important lesson to take away from failing at something, is to understand that the only
I was mad, upset, and angry at a test, my abilities, and a system. Three terms that describes the same thing, but all to emphasize: I was disappointed. I was disappointed in myself (it almost felt like I experienced a distorted version of the five stages of loss). Why? I had not passed the Foreign