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Career Development Resource Center (CDRC) (US-based)
CDRC offers noontime seminars, held once a month throughout the year, focusing on employment and career strengthening. Sample topics include: The Ultimate Resume, Writing Accomplishments Statements, Effective Job Interviewing, Professional Networking, Individual Development Plan, Life Cycle of a Job, and the Job Change Decision. For more information, contact them at L321, State Annex 1, 2401 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20522-0108. (202-663-3042 / Fax: 202-663-3146)

Professional Development Fellowships for Foreign Service Family Members
This program is intended to maintain, enhance, and/or develop professional skills for Foreign Service Eligible Family Members and Members of Household who are not in a position to pursue their career path overseas.

Functional Training for Foreign Service Family Members (US-based)
The Department of State is authorized to provide functional training to family members of U.S. Government direct-hire personnel anticipating an overseas assignment (section 704 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980). Functional training for anticipated prospective employment is offered to family members on a space available basis. To be eligible for most functional training, a family member must be a U.S. citizen whose spouse has been paneled for an overseas assignment. Email for more information.

Transition Center Training Course List (Foreign Service Institute) (US-based)
At the  Transition Center, a variety of courses are available for eligible family members in the areas of Foreign Service Life, Personal and Financial Planning, Foreign Service Families, Going Overseas, Expanding Employment Options, Returning to Washington, and Security Overseas.

Teacher Training (US-based)
Office of Overseas Schools Training Programs

Language Courses (Foreign Service Institute) (US-based)
Enrollment of family members in language training and area studies is coordinated through the Bureau of Human Resources/Career Development and Assignments.  The Department of State employee should contact his/her Assignments Officer for further information about enrolling a spouse in language training. Also see Distance Learning options and Post Language programs.  

Family members, who are affiliated with non-Department of State agencies and posted to U.S. Missions abroad, are subject to their Agency regulations, procedures and funding, and should seek guidance from their Agency regarding funding and enrollment procedures.

Language Training at Post (Overseas)
Check to see if your post offers a Language Training Program. And better yet, ask if your post has a Language Grant Program that provides money for grant-sponsored trips intended to immerse students in language and culture! Also see Language Distance Learning Opportunities

GEI Workshops at Embassies and Consulates (Overseas)
The Global Employment Initiative (GEI) offers workshops on a variety of employment topics at embassies and consulates overseas. Check to see if your post (or next post) has a Global Employment Advisor. Recent workshops held overseas have covered areas such as resume writing, interviewing skills, continuing education, nursing, ESL, tax issues, and transitioning back to Washington, DC.

Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
For information on the above listings, please email
Contact the Family Liaison Office


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