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 Protocol
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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June 2016 FSOT Results
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The June 2016 FSOT Results

I passed the June 2016 Foreign Service Test! …Finally! For those who have read this blog from the beginning, you will know this was my third attempt at taking it, and finally, third time is the charm. The previous two times I barely missed passing, with the first missing by 0.91 and the second missing by

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Crash Course
Becoming a FSO

Use Crash Course to Study for the FSOT

Sometimes we really need a crash course on a subject, and luckily there is a free YouTube channel that does this for us. But what really makes it stand out, is how applicable it is to the FSOT! The owners of Crash Course have one thing in mind, to make high quality fun education content

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FY 2016 FSO and FSS Predictions
Becoming a FSO

The FY 2016 FSO and FSS Hiring Rates: Prediction

What will the hiring rate be for Foreign Service Officers and Foreign Service Specialists in Fiscal Year 2016? I have reviewed data on the State Department website, and I am ready to make a prediction for the upcoming fiscal year (FY). This is part two of a post I wrote recently titled: What is the

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Why do you want to work as a Foreign Service Officer
FSO Career

Why do you want to work as a Foreign Service Officer?

Recently I listened for the first time to NPR TED Radio Hour. The title of the show: The Meaning of Work. If you haven’t listened to it, I really do suggest checking it out. It was probably one of the most interesting podcasts I have listened to in a long time and I didn’t feel like

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Path to Foreign Service is on Facebook

Path to Foreign Service is now on Facebook! I am super excited by this new development for the blog and I hope you will “like” the page. You can do so by either going directly to the page or by liking the box below or to the right: Path to Foreign Service There are three

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