Occasionally I hear the forbidden question: What kind of opportunities are available to an FSO if he or she decides to quit? Some would be diplomats seem almost embarrassed to ask. The Foreign Service is supposed to be a dream job. Is it insane to consider quitting before you even join?
I don’t think so. In fact, I think it is more and more common that many join today’s Foreign Service uncertain whether it will be a life-long career. Many others are joining as part of a mid-life career change. I also don’t think it is really much of a taboo topic around the water cooler. I’ve spoken with many FS friends about whether or not they anticipate staying for the long haul. These aren’t whispered, clandestine conversations. I don’t think anyone holds it against you if you decide to quit.