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Fantastic overview for anyone considering a career in Diplomacy
on October 29, 2012
This book is for anyone considering a career or close to someone thinking about a career as a Foreign Service Officer. It covers the up and down history of US foreign services, talks about the process to get in including information and study advice for the FSOT (written exam), PN's and the final interview process that is required to go from application to job offer. It talks about your health and security clearance and what sort of time frame to expect things to happen. You are walked through what to expect during the job orientation program (A-100 class) and advice for selecting your first tours. Full of facts yet a pleasure to read, the book covers almost everything you might be wondering about as a career FSO including salary, promotions and how to obtain them, how to pick assignments and what your chances are of receiving locations you are interested in, the value of foreign languages, which are more valuable than others and how to gain additional knowledge, what it's like to be a married couple working tandem through a career, requirements for advancement and much more. Their are also ample sources for further information and hints to suggest future trends in the foreign service. For some, the drudgery of reading the facts, figures and policies, etc., is softened by interesting real stories of FSO's in various situations, job tracks and career levels. I've written a rather boring review - my apologies - I'm currently in the process of writing the personal narratives for the application process so I'm in the habbit of limiting description and wordiness in favor of content. The book actually reads quite well and was exactly what I was looking for.