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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

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Monica’s Answer

Hello,

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!
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Susan’s Answer

Great ambition and good plan! While you attend college, try to find ways to work in your field - either as an intern or a volunteer. This will give you an opportunity to put your skills to use as well as gaining exposure to different entities in the field. If you get an opportunity to study/live abroad as part of your curriculum, I would highly recommend taking it.
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B.K.’s Answer

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:

Visit https://careers.state.gov/work/foreign-service/officer/
Visit https://classroom.synonym.com/need-study-work-embassy-10000100.html
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