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Best Job in the World

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Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer
Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer

I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than a year

Pros

Get to see the world. Great to meet world leaders. Great colleagues. Great opportunities for advancement and promotion

Cons

Sure there are some Cons.

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    Unique career overseas with endless variety and some personal drawbacks

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer  in  Bern (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Bern (Switzerland)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Constantly changing work portfolio; opportunity to live and work overseas; high job satisfaction associated with civil service work; exposure to often high-profile foreign policy negotiations and issues; excellent opportunities to develop advanced oral and written communication skills, including requirement to be proficient in at least one foreign language.

    Cons

    Demanding work schedule and transient lifestyle associated with moving countries/cities every 2 to 3 years, which makes the work/life balance particularly challenging. Limited senior level positions.

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    Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Fulbright Researcher  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Fulbright Researcher in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I was on a Fulbright fellowship which was really sweet. I traveled to India and got to do a lot of cool stuff that I wanted to. And there was very little oversight so you could be your own boss.

    Cons

    Foreign countries are difficult to live in. Really think about what you want to achieve during Fulbright. Also, I don't speak much Hindi so I had trouble to communicate with co-workers. Kind of odd review of state department huh!

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