Conal Rectification and You

A common frustration and source of angst for those starting down the long, twisting road to a position in the Foreign Service is selecting your career track. If you have spent even a short time researching this career, you know by now that you must select one of the five FSO generalist career tracks very early in the process. In fact, if you head over to the State Department’s very nicely done careers website and look at the 8 Steps to Becoming a Foreign Service Officer you’ll see that step number one is “Choose a career track.”

A Personal Project

For the most part, I don’t go too much into my personal life on this site. I like to keep it focused on helping people learn more about the U.S. Foreign Service and navigate the confusing hiring process. Naturally, I draw upon my own experiences to use as examples, but I otherwise try to keep things pretty fact based.

That’s all a caveat to say I’m going to break that rule for this post and I hope you’ll endulge me in a little bit of a personal announcement.


Lifehacker Article on Diplomatic Life

Lifehacker recently had an interview with FSO Luke Durkin where he described his life as a diplomat. I think he covered the bases quite well and I think it is a nice little insight for those of you interested in the career.

A few of my FSO friends on Facebook did take issue with this bit:


Bottle Neck of Comments

As is probably evident from the lack of new posts, I hadn’t checked in on the site for a few weeks. Blame it partially on a week of lounging around a resort in beautiful Mallorca and partially on not having anything worthwhile to say.

At any rate, I logged in today to do some updating and noticed there were quite a few comments stuck in the moderation queue. Sorry about that. Normally I get an email notifying me of comments and I approve and try to respond. They should all be live on the site now. On the right hand side you’ll see a box that lists recent comments in case you want to check them out.


The Ambassador Who Worked from the Toilet

This article from Ars Technica is a pretty interesting read and addresses two undeniable facts of the U.S. Department of State:

  1. It can be very easy for one bad person at post to ruin the morale for everyone. That is especially true when the person is the ambassador.
  2. Our colleagues in IRM are underpaid and have to deal with a lot of complaints that are really out of their control.