I have again applied for the Foreign Service Construction Engineer Specialist position this Spring. With outright failed attempts in Fall 2010, and Winter 2012 sandwiched with an invitation but unsuccessful oral assessment in the Spring of 2011 (Scored 5.1 out of 7), I guess I am a glutton for punishment. However, based on my research (see links below), it will be more than worth the effort, if it works out this time.
It’s been a long time since I first applied and while a career in the Foreign Service continues to be dream of mine, in some ways, applying for the position feels like attempting to abandon the people I care about while leaving a very good job and life here in Vermont. It’s certainly going to be a tough decision, but at this point, I don’t want to give up on my dream of having the chance to see the world and building world class projects for a just cause.
I’d like to hope that when I leave this earth, my family and friends believe something about me giving as fully as I could. To the people I love and to the areas of culture that excited me to build things. Then a lot of dancing, loud music and talking about what an idiot I made of myself during that process.