Luckily, at the end of August, projects in Lyon and Brussels allowed me to revisit the region and gave me the chance to see France and Belgium with a new set of eyes.
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Our journey through learning, work and other aspects of life.
With over 110 monuments and museums in the Netherlands, that commemorate America’s role in its liberation, I couldn’t help but imagine the possibility I could be retracing my grandfather’s steps.
My first three months in the European Bureau as a Foreign Service Construction Engineer have been a whirlwind of on the job training and travel.
At the culmination of our Foreign Service Specialist Orientation, we all sat a bit star struck from Secretary Kerry as we recited our Oath of Office.
Despite there being many signs before now that this change is actually real, receiving my official Foreign Service Travel Orders doesn't get any more real.
I received the official employment appointment e-mail yesterday afternoon and have decided to join the Foreign Service. The training class will start on Monday, January 26th, followed by my initial post in Washington D.C.
It's fantastic to have made it this far in the process, but without knowing exactly how many positions State is looking to fill this year, being ranked fourth on the Register is a bit unsettling.
"Oops...you forgot to grab your brief case," said the assessor. The thin manila envelope that he was carrying also looked a lot like the one that contained the rejection letter for my previous attempt. My heart sank...I was devastated.
I have passed the Qualifications Evaluation Panel for my Foreign Service Construction Engineer Application and am Referred for Additional Consideration
With failed attempts in Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, I have applied again for the Foreign Service Construction Engineer Specialist position.