The “13 Dimensions” Sought After in Foreign Service Candidates

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.