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AW: I Passed!!!

I just found out that I passed the foreign service officer written test!  I'm very excited and proud, but unfortunately I still have to pass the Qualification Evaluation Panel to get invited to the Oral Assessment.  And then of course I still have to rock the Oral Assessment.  So basically this is just the first hurdle, but it's a pretty big one that I am proud to have cleared!

Re: AW: I Passed!!!

  • Congrats! That is great! What great news for a Friday morning!
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  • That's great!  Good for you!  What exactly is a foreign service officer?
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  • Congrats!!! I'm sure you will pass the rest with no problem.
  • I knew you would pass! Great job and congrats!
  • That is awsome.  Good news to end the weekend!  No matter what happens at least you made it this far. That is quite an acomplishment! 
  • Congrats! That's great news! I knew you would pass. :)
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  • Great job Kendra!!!
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  • Congrats, Kendra!
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  • imagejen812:
    That's great!  Good for you!  What exactly is a foreign service officer?

    Foreign Service Officers promote the goals of the State Department and U.S. diplomacy abroad.  Officers are called "generalists" and their work duties differ depending on what career "cone" they apply for.  I applied to be an economic officer which means my job would be to work to promote our economic interest abroad.  You can be sent almost anywhere in the world and once you are tenured, you have more say in where you go.  Initially though, you have very little say and pretty much everyone starts their career out stamping passports.  You have to work your way up.

  • way to go!!  that's quite an accomplishment!
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  • imageFLVintageBride:

    imagejen812:
    That's great!  Good for you!  What exactly is a foreign service officer?

    Foreign Service Officers promote the goals of the State Department and U.S. diplomacy abroad.  Officers are called "generalists" and their work duties differ depending on what career "cone" they apply for.  I applied to be an economic officer which means my job would be to work to promote our economic interest abroad.  You can be sent almost anywhere in the world and once you are tenured, you have more say in where you go.  Initially though, you have very little say and pretty much everyone starts their career out stamping passports.  You have to work your way up.

    Assuming that you & your H pass all your tests, is it possible for you to be sent to say, Germany and your H gets a job in China?

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  • Congrats!!  I know DH had considered taking the test awhile ago.
  • Congrats! Awesome news!!! Big Smile
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  • Congrats, how exciting!!!! Im sure its a big relief too that the first part is done!
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  • imagejen812:

    Assuming that you & your H pass all your tests, is it possible for you to be sent to say, Germany and your H gets a job in China?

    The crazy part is that DH has already been fully vetted so he's pretty much 95% hired.  He's going in as an IT specialist, which has a different application process.  Because we are going in through different processes, there's really no way for us to guarantee that our assignments will line up right away. 

    So, yes, I could be going to Germany while DH goes to China.  We're praying it lines up better or that, in the very least, they make an attempt to ensure that our posts are at least on the same continent.  Hopefully this will only be a potential issue for the first assignment where we are both working.  I've heard that they generally make an effort not to separate "tandem couples" unless the couple themselves select entirely different posts on their bid list.  We are prepared to deal with a separation if we need to to launch both of our careers.  The good thing is that tours are only 2 years. 

  • imageFLVintageBride:

    imagejen812:

    Assuming that you & your H pass all your tests, is it possible for you to be sent to say, Germany and your H gets a job in China?

    The crazy part is that DH has already been fully vetted so he's pretty much 95% hired.  He's going in as an IT specialist, which has a different application process.  Because we are going in through different processes, there's really no way for us to guarantee that our assignments will line up right away. 

    So, yes, I could be going to Germany while DH goes to China.  We're praying it lines up better or that, in the very least, they make an attempt to ensure that our posts are at least on the same continent.  Hopefully this will only be a potential issue for the first assignment where we are both working.  I've heard that they generally make an effort not to separate "tandem couples" unless the couple themselves select entirely different posts on their bid list.  We are prepared to deal with a separation if we need to to launch both of our careers.  The good thing is that tours are only 2 years. 

    That's really interesting.  I'll be curious to hear how this all pans out.

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