Will studies get you in the foreign service?

Those interested to join the foreign service should know that one's educational background is not the most relevant factor, experts say, as the department recruits from a surprisingly diverse range of people. However, hands-on international experience and foreign language skills can prove to be priceless once in the service.

Sam Garcia, embassy
Jonathon Kupi and Cael Husband have noticed a diverse range of educational backgrounds among their new colleagues at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
Anca Gurzu
Published: Wednesday, 09/08/2010 12:00 am EDT

Those interested to join the foreign service should know that one's educational background is not the most relevant factor, experts say, as the department recruits from a surprisingly diverse range of people. However, hands-on international experience and foreign language skills can prove to be priceless once in the service.

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