Our thoughts are with the people of The Philippines severely affected by the devastation in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The Transition Center recently hosted our fourth International Development and NGOs: Employment Options course. We salute our colleagues engaged in disaster relief efforts and we thank them for their service and commitment to helping those in need. As Thanksgiving approaches, we remember that this is the season for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and hope you will consider joining us for our CFC 5K Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 21.
We also want to say thanks and bid good luck to our beloved Overseas Briefing Center Division Director, Sarah Genton, who after two fabulous years is leaving us to pursue a promotion in our sister organization, the Family Liaison Office.
Ray Leki, Director
Sharon Hardy, Deputy Director
Explaining America (MQ115)
Ever been asked tough questions about the United States? Explore techniques for responding to tough questions about American society through discussions focused on history, culture, values, and how others perceive the U.S.
Join the Transition Center on December 17 for Explaining America (MQ115)! State Department employees and EFMs can register through their CDO/Training Officer. Other agency employees and EFMs must submit an SF-182. For more information, please visit the course page or email FSITCTraining@state.gov.
FREE Evening Workshop
December 11: Personal Finances & Investments in the Foreign Service (MQ852)
Due to popular demand, the Transition Center has added an extra class this year! This course addresses the issue of mobility and distance from the U.S., and how it can hamper foreign affairs employees and family members in making sound financial decisions or in setting up mechanisms for their financial future. Experts will discuss topics of concern, especially to the novice investor. To register for this non-tuition workshop, all foreign affairs agency employees (and eligile family members) should send an email to: FSITCTraining@state.gov.
Overseas Briefing Center
Planning Your Next Move? It's Not Too Early to Start Your Inventory List!
Preparing for a move can be challenging. While there are many ways to organize your household effects, OBC provides free sample inventory spreadsheets (Download: MS Excel | PDF) available online. The publication It's Your Move has more information on why you need an inventory, and Chapter 11 Packing to Go (PDF) from the Foreign Service Assignment Notebook: What Do I Do Now? offers details on inventories.
Please note: There are many mobile applications developed by third parties that are available to use for moving checklists and inventories. While the Transition Center does not endorse any of these apps, be sure to review and compare the available inventory apps for yourself.
Share Your Thoughts About Life at Post
Knowing the ins and outs of life at post can make a big difference in your bidding decisions and preparation for going abroad. Personal Post Insights (PPIs) provide anonymous feedback about life at post, including such topics as housing, schools, social life, shopping, family member employment and more. Learn more about PPIs and how you can fill one out!
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Foreign Service Institute | Room E-2126
Email | 703.302.7276 | Weekdays 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Career Transition Center
Job Search Program Helps U.S. Government Workers Transition Onward
The Career Transition Center conducted another successful Job Search Program (JSP) in October. This program supports employees of the U.S. Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies as they leave full-time U.S. Government work to transition successfully into the next phase of their professional and personal lives.
The Job Fair, which takes place on the 4th Tuesday of the program, continues to be a valuable link bringing together program participants and employers. Engility/International Resources Group (IRG) reported that they hired a most qualified top level executive from the August JSP. In that a full 76% of the October attendees reported they want to work after retirement, we wait with anticipation to hear reports of how they will excel in acquiring employment.
Mid-Career Retirement Planning Seminar (RV105)
Are you more than ten years away from retirement eligibility? This two-day future-oriented financial and legal seminar is for you!
Next Course Dates:
January 15–16, 2014
May 7–8, 2014
June 10–11, 2014
Retirement Planning Seminar (RV101)
Are you less than ten years from retirement eligibility? Prepare now by attending the four-day RPS.
Next Course Dates:
December 2–5, 2013
February 25–28, 2014
April 7–10, 2014
June 23–26, 2014
July 28–31, 2014
Job Search Program (RV102)
Leaving full-time U.S. Government work? Focus on your transition and plan the next phase of your professional and personal lives in JSP!
Next Course Dates:
March 3–April 30, 2014
August 4–September 30, 2014
Note: Registration is completed by your CDO or HR/Training Officer in conjunction with retirement applications.
High Stress Assignments Outbrief Program
Coming Home was Supposed to be the Easy Part…
Whether you are assigned to Afghanistan, Iraq, Tripoli, Ciudad Juarez or any other post that puts you in danger, we honor your service and look forward to welcoming you home.
High Stress Assignment Outbrief: Special Session
If an employee cannot attend a regularly scheduled Outbrief Program, a Special Session (individual meeting) can be arranged.