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What different skills and classes are imperative to have when aspiring to becoming a foreign service officer?

I enjoy helping people and love to travel the world. I enjoy my Latin class, and would love to learn more languages. I think this could be a possible career. How many years do you have to work outside of the country? Once you want to stop travelling what can you do and how long are you going to be moving from place to place before you settle down? #travel #foreigndiplomat #cultures

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Alicia’s Answer

Hi Madelyn. There are a number of ways to be a foreign service officer, but you must pass the test first. I would recommend looking at the variety of topics on it and taking classes that will allow you to get the range of knowledge required. Also look here: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/13-dimensions/.

Once in, there are several tracks (Consular Affairs, Economic Affairs, Management Affairs, Political Affairs, and Public Diplomacy) - you should start thinking about which track you would want and take classes that will lead you towards that. The State Department's website (https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/career-track-quiz/) has a helpful quiz.
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Damir’s Answer

Hey Madelyn,

That is a good question and very aspiring career choice. In order to be a foreign service officer you might have to have certain diploma/degrees in political science and/or international affairs in order to become one including becoming multilingual.

Here is the link where you might find more important information from the official governmental entity: https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/

Best of luck in your career and any future endeavours.
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