Careers App

The Foreign Service has five different career tracks: Consular Affairs, Economic Affairs, Management Affairs, Political Affairs, and Public Diplomacy. At the beginning of the hiring process, you must choose a track. We know that this can be a tough decision, so we've developed a questionnaire to help you match your interests to the career track that may be right for you.

You will be presented with 10 work activities from each of the five tracks (in random order), and asked to rate how interested you would be in performing each of the 50 activities. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete and your results will be tabulated into a useful bar chart. Please remember that this is just a guide. Trust your personal judgment, not solely the results of the questionnaire, in selecting the career track that is right for you.

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1. Consult with U.S. businesses and private sector trade organizations regarding their positions on U.S. trade and investment concerns, and gain their perspective on the host country's regulatory and business structure and areas that need improvement.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
2. Manage an Embassy's real estate portfolio (including purchases, sales and leases) to ensure suitable work space, housing and support facilities are maintained.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
3. Assist in responding to foreign and domestic media inquiries by developing talking points, press guidance and consistent messages for senior officials.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
4. Cultivate relationships with individuals and institutions (foreign government officials, diplomats, non-government organization representatives, academics, members of the media and others).
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
5. Assist local institutions (e.g., educational, cultural, press, etc.) in participating in public diplomacy exchange programs with other countries.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
6. Assess how international developments may affect foreign public opinion and the ability of the U.S. Government to achieve foreign policy objectives.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
7. Determine citizenship of children born overseas.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
8. Monitor foreign governmental legislation and other significant events concerning the foreign policy of the host country or region.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
9. Contribute to border security by eliciting information necessary to determine eligibility to enter the U.S. and uncover deception.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested
10. Explain/uphold U.S. immigration policy in a professional, fair and compassionate manner.
Very Interested
Interested
Neutral
Uninterested
Very Uninterested