What should I do to work in an embassy abroad?
I want to travel the world and help people for the rest of my life, thus I think that working in an American embassy in foreign countries would be perfect for me. I currently plan on majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish (I am already conversationally fluent). Is this a good plan? What should I be doing as a senior in high school to reach my goal (aside from applying to colleges and for scholarships, of course!)? #foreign-service #foreign-languages #embassy #travel #ambassador
Very exciting. <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Foreign Service officers are diplomats and work in five different specialties: economic, consular, management, political and public diplomacy. So, you should pursue a degree related to one of these areas. Then, plan for graduate school attendance to advance your knowledge. </span>
B.K. recommends the following next steps:
There are many places that desire the International Relations studies for example the United Nations. The embassies have a limited number of employees and it depends on each country how many employees are allowed to be in the embassies. Thus, making it highly competitive.
I would suggest to learn more than one language. Now days, knowing only 2 languages is not enough. The embassy of the US in Switzerland requires most of them to speak at least 3 of these languages: French, German, Italian and English.
Spanish would only be used in the Spanish speaking countries so you have to consider if you are willing to relocate.
I recommend that you volunteer in non-profit organizations where you can use your language skills plus you can add this experience in your resume!
Best of lucks!