FSO Career

The new 2022 Foreign Service Core Precepts

The Foreign Service Core Precepts were updated this week, making for an exciting post! The Bureau of Global Talent Management (GTM), in collaboration with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), and with input from the Department of State, significantly revised the Core Precepts used by Foreign Service Selection Boards to determine tenure and promotion. Why …

The new 2022 Foreign Service Core Precepts Read More »

Learn more about the Foreign Service Consular Officer career track

For many citizens in overseas countries, the Foreign Service Consular Officer is the principal 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 …

Learn more about the Foreign Service Consular Officer career track Read More »

consular_officer

Learn about the Foreign Service Economic Officer career track

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 determining …

Learn about the Foreign Service Economic Officer career track Read More »

economic-officer

Learn about the Foreign Service Management Officer career track

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 …

Learn about the Foreign Service Management Officer career track Read More »

fso-management

Learn about the Foreign Service Political Officer career track

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 …

Learn about the Foreign Service Political Officer career track Read More »

political-officer

Learn about the Foreign Service Public Diplomacy Officer career track

The cultural bridge between the U.S. mission and the host country, the Public Diplomacy Foreign Service Officer is the gatekeeper and promoter of information concerning the U.S. During your career, you may represent a post as the spokesperson, promote student and professional development exchange via the Fulbright Program, and/or organize discussion groups with the local …

Learn about the Foreign Service Public Diplomacy Officer career track Read More »

public-diplomacy-officer

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 …

What does a Biden administration mean for the Foreign Service? Read More »

biden in front of podium and seal of the office of the president elect

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 …

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

FSO-Salary
Scroll to Top
Daily, actionable advice

Subscribe for guidance

You will also receive updates when new posts are published on pFS.