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Reader Searches Part II- Joining the Foreign Service

As I promised a few weeks ago, I’m doing a couple of posts inspired by reader searches. As an aside by far the most entertaining key word search someone used to find my blog is “how many trash cans, fort bliss.” I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to that one… but I have noticed a reoccurring theme on other search terms. People seem to want to know about studying for the Foreign Service exam and failing the foreign service exam. While there are some incredible people who pass through the FSOT, QEP, and FSOA the first time through I was not one of them. I failed the written exam twice (back when it was the FWSE) before passing the first try through the new FSOT/QEP system. I remember seeing a statistic back when it was the FSWE that only 2% passed all the way through the FSOA to get an offer (I do believe it is slightly higher now). I was lamenting to my sister that there was no way, I wasn’t one of the top 2% smartest people in the world, it just wasn’t going to happen. She gave me what was probably the BEST advice I got in the whole process. “So, be one of the 2% most persistent people.” More than anything this is a process that rewards persistence. Most people don’t pass the first time or they don’t get off the register after passing the first time. So for those intrepid applicants out there still weeding through the process–that is the best actual advice I can give– be persistent. The rest of this is just ramblings about my own experiences and what worked for me all within the confines of the NDA of course! Continue reading ‘Reader Searches Part II- Joining the Foreign Service’

Hello World! (The obligatory first post)

I suppose summing up the road thus far is as good a way to begin as any. A little over a year I took the Foreign Service Officer’s Test. Those that know me, know this wasn’t my first attempt at wrangling the dreaded FSOT. I first took the exam in 2003, 2 months before I graduated college. Being a college senior I was completely full of myself and convinced I had at least the written exam in the bag. I of course failed the essay (the part I didn’t study for), which was probably a much-needed blow to my ego.  It’s good to get knocked down a peg or two periodically, builds character. In 2005 my ego had recovered enough to give it another go. Apparently I needed more  character though because this time I failed the multi-guess, serves me right for not studying a lick. Continue reading ‘Hello World! (The obligatory first post)’