When hiring Foreign Service Officers, top candidates are motivated individuals with sound judgment and leadership abilities who can retain their composure in times of great stress — or even dire situations, like a military coup or a major environmental disaster.
Whether you want to follow a professional path that grows your management skills, impacts economic policy or helps reunite families, you’ll find five different career tracks that can direct you towards realizing your goals. Each career track requires the same characteristics, also known as the “13 Dimensions.” It is important to choose carefully among these career tracks, as your selection will have an impact on your selection and job experiences once you enter a Foreign Service career. In order to make the most informed decision, you’ll need to understand the similarities — and the differences — between each career track.
Are you ready to make a difference? Click here to review the 13 dimensions (pdf) sought in all Foreign Service candidates and explore the traits needed for a successful and fulfilling career.
Want to know more? Learn about the five career tracks, the Foreign Service Exam, and other important details related to a career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Many students applying to law schools seek programs where they can gain skills and experience to work in the public service – often the government and the nonprofit sectors.
It can be difficult to assess on your own which law schools have a strong commitment to public service.
Fortunately there are two resources you can use to research these programs:
1) Equal Justice Works Guide to Law Schools – An interactive online resource of public service opportunities, curricula and financial programs at more than 150 law schools in the United States.
2) National Jurist Pre-Law News – leading news source for pre-law students. National Jurist recently graded law schools for their commitment to public interest.
Connect with Nathan Elton, pre-law advisor and Director of Career Services, if you would like to learn more about public interest law!
Working in public policy and public service means more than working for the government. It’s a connection between nonprofits, the sciences, universities, NGOs, the private sector, and governments as well. Employment in any of these organizations often involves working for the public good. These are opportunities that offer excellent pay and benefits, numerous choices of where to work in the United States and around the world, and resources to advance with further training and education.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information to help you evaluate public policies on healthcare, retirement benefits, the minimum wage, workforce education and training, economic development, workplace safety, monetary policy, consumer spending, and other topics that affect the well-being of American workers, retirees, and their families.
The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research has won the most prestigious national award for high-quality policy research from the national Governmental Research Association (GRA). GRA is a group of 33 public policy organizations in 22 states. The N.C. Center for Public Policy Research was founded in 1977 and is still one of only six independent, state-level policy centers in the country.