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What's Next?

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Solomon Self

on 28 May 2015

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What's Next?
Education: At least bachelor's degree preferred
Salary: Varies, starts at base $39k
Outlook: Positive
Location: Assignments vary
Impact: Serve your country abroad and promote peace
Professional Organizations
The professional organization for foreign service officers is the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA).

The AFSA advocates to Congress on behalf of its members, offers guidance, and scholarships for those who want to continue their education.

I will most likely join the AFSA when I become an FSO.
Foreign Service Officer
A Day in the Life
Wake up and watch news reactions to recent events.
Arrive in office and review media from America and China.
Attend meeting to go over press releases.
Attend press release.
Work on Ambassador's speech for party that night.
Review applications for Fulbright Program.
Attend party and make sure things run smoothly.
Public Diplomacy Track
Bilingual certification
Experience in child care and development
CPR certified
Bachelor's degree in international studies
Master's degree in international relations with concentration in peace and conflict resolution
Madeleine Albright
First female Secretary of State.
Could speak or read 7 different languages.
Was U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations before becoming Secretary of State.
Graduate from
American Canyon
High School
Begin first year
at American
Graduate from
American University
Begin work as
Peace Corps
Volunteer while
getting Master's
Return from
Peace Corps
and finish up
Master's degree.
After finishing Master's, prepare
to take the Foreign Service
After passing
Foreign Service Exam,
prepare for first overseas tour.
Overseas tours
can be anywhere;
from Pakistan to
Budapest to
After serving for 3-4 years,
I would be able to apply for a transfer
to a more desirable position.
I hope to improve relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world and help repair the damage we have caused across the world.
Shawn Kobb is a diplomat who has served in Ukraine, the Bahamas, Washington D.C., Afghanistan, and Vienna. He also runs the website Foreign Service Test, which I used heavily for this presentation.

How competitive is it to be selected as a Foreign Service Officer?
About 30-40% the written exam and maybe 20-30% pass the oral. The State Department is looking for the right combination of knowledge and interpersonal skills.
What are some unique challenges of being a diplomat?
Moving every few years, maintaining friendships, living in danger zones.
What are some unique benefits of being a diplomat?
Traveling, job security, salary, learning new languages and living in new cultures.
What is the work/family/life balance like for you?
Work/family balance is very good. Most locations are available for families. Spouses having solid careers can be difficult due to constant moving.
Interview taken from Artofmanliness.com
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