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
The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) is going through another iteration of updates beginning with the October 2019 test. As a positive, you will have a higher chance of passing the test. As a negative, there is (potentially) less transparency in the application process. The FSOT before October 2019 The FSOT is made up of
The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT), Situational Judgement section, is the newest component of the test, and the one that has left the most people asking, “how do you pass this”? Fortunately for new test takers, it’s been a year and a half since its introduction, and this offers us the opportunity to review what
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When you think of the Foreign Service, the duties of the Political Officer is the one that comes to mind the most for people. Keeping up with national and international trends that affect the host country, speaking and networking with government officials and subject matter experts on a topic, and writing numerous reports, the role
The ones who keep the embassy or consulate running, the Foreign Service Management Officers are in charge of projects both small and large. Staff leaders, management officers supervise (potentially several) local staff from the beginning, and are trained to be able to manage real estate, human resources, logistics, construction, budgeting, and more. What follows are three
The Foreign Service Economic Officer helps strengthen (or minimize) ties between the U.S. and the host country. By working with many different people in and out of government, the Economic Officer seeks out the information that will benefit U.S. business. This can be as global as putting together a trans ocean agreement or environmental package, to as local as
For many citizens in overseas countries, the Foreign Service Consular Officer is the principle diplomat they will (ever) interact with. Adjudicators of visas and primary support to U.S. citizens abroad, the Consular Officer must hold a broad range of skills. Unlike the other career tracks, acting as a Consular Officer for your first or two
The Department of State Foreign Service hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 were recently made public, and I was wrong in my prediction. This makes me happy. To recap, in March 2016 I tried to predict what the hiring rates would be. I believed the hiring rates would continue to decline as in previous
The Department of State recently published its diversity statistics, which allows us to do a comparison between the State Department and the U.S. as a whole! Some Brief History Earlier this year, the “Department of State Operations Authorization and Embassy Security Act, Fiscal Year 2016” came into being. One small requirement is that the State