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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Becoming a FSO

FSOT Practice Essay Question Simulators (2018 Update)

The Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) practice essay simulators were created to help applicants pass the essay section of the FSOT. If you would like to go directly to the basic practice simulator, the link follows: FSOT Essay Simulator Basic If you would like to utilize the pro version, and multiple prompts, please follow this

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FSO Career

Language Training at FSI

The Stories from the Field series continues with Rob, who was recently posted in Brazil. His first assignment! You can keep up with Rob on his website. Rob and I actually met up a couple of times when we both lived in DC in 2017. We connected because of Path to Foreign Service, and I

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Becoming a FSO

FSO, FSS, and Consular Fellows 2017 Fiscal Year Hiring Rates

The Foreign Service Officer (FSO), Foreign Service Specialist (FSS), and Consular Fellows hiring numbers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 have been released! If you have been following the blog for some time, then you know I enjoy learning this information and presenting it to you visually. I’ve done it for the last two years and

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Becoming a FSO

2017: Year in Review and Implications for FSO Applicants

It’s the start of the New Year, and with it an opportunity to review what has happened over the last 12 months. It is no secret the Department of State is being minimized both in personnel and its influential capacity. You need only walk down memory lane: Diplomats and staff members are being “incentivized” to

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Should I Join the Foreign Service: Pros and Cons
Becoming a FSO

Should I Join the Foreign Service: Pros and Cons

There are a variety of considerations you should make before joining the Foreign Service as a diplomat. The “job” is not just a career, but it is also a lifestyle – one that has many perks and potential drawbacks. Searching online, asking former/current diplomats and their spouses, asking questions on forums, and reading books, just

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Growing up Overseas
FSO Lifestyle

Growing up Overseas Due to the Foreign Service

Growing up overseas due to the Foreign Service has many pros and cons. Some of them are noticeable and immediate impacts, while others are only fully appreciated, or even understood, many years later. Below, my sister Cristina talks about her experience with having grown up abroad as a Foreign Service Brat. Though this is her

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