Despite all of this snowy weather, the Transition Center is plowing forward with its programs! Our courses are open for registration, and our Overseas Briefing Center is providing extended hours for those doing research on their next assignments.
As the Transition Center celebrates the 2nd anniversary of this eNews, we reflect on the importance of our relationship with you, and look forward to exploring new avenues of collaboration in the future.
Ray Leki, Director
Sharon Hardy, Deputy Director
Going Overseas SUPER SATURDAY
On March 15 (and May 17), the Transition Center will offer four free classes addressing psychological and logistical preparations for going overseas.
Take a day for the whole family to focus on the impending transition overseas! The highly interactive presentations in each course introduce all ages to the impact and logistics of an international move and help families and couples plan together. See below for which of the courses best meet your family's needs. To register, follow course link for instructions.
Morning Options: 9:00am - 12:00pm
1. Going Overseas for Families
This workshop is designed for families and addresses the concerns and excitement around the coming international move. It directs the family's attention on how they plan to prepare for it. Specific sessions focus on the process of transitions and dealing with stress. Children in grades 2-12 attend this class along with their parents.
2. Going Overseas for Singles and Couples without Children
In this interactive workshop, individuals and couples discuss the four stages of moving and brainstorm methods to manage stress and communicate effectively through the transition.
Afternoon Options: 1:00 - 3:30pm
1. Logistics for Adults
Adult participants attend the afternoon session to receive valuable information on the logistics of moving overseas and learn the "nuts and bolts" of making this move.
2. Logistics for Children
Children in grades 2-12 will be introduced to the logistics planning necessary for their international move. Children will engage in thinking about the packout, and prioritize what they would like to take with them.
Overseas Briefing Center
OBC Post Video News
Interested in seeing what life at your next post will be like? OBC's post video collection continues to grow every month. Recent post videos that have been added to OBC's collection include:
Tallinn, Estonia | Windhoek, Namibia; Mbabane, Swaziland | Quito, Ecuador; Copenhagen, Denmark | Mumbai, India
Abuja, Nigeria | Belgrade, Serbia
These videos can be viewed in OBC or borrowed for home viewing. In addition, for those with OpenNet access, most of these videos have been or will soon be added to the OBC-BNET Post Videos on Demand site.
2014 KidVid Contest!
Do you have a budding videographer at home? KidVids show what life is like at post from a youth's perspective. For those of you who are currently at overseas posts, keep in mind that the 2014 OBC-FSYF KidVid Contest is now accepting video submissions! The deadline for submissions is April 15.
View contest rules. Kids can explore the topics to cover in their KidVid using a fun PREZI presentation. Contact us or your CLO for more information.
View OBC's Extended Hours
Foreign Service Institute | Room E-2126
Email | 703.302.7276 | Weekdays 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM
Career Transition Center
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:
Retirement Planning Seminar (RV101)
Are you less than ten years from retirement eligibility? Prepare now by attending the four-day RPS.
Next Course Dates:
September 28–October 2*
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
October 6–November 28*
Note: Registration is completed by your CDO or HR/Training Officer in conjunction with retirement applications.
*FY 2015 dates are subject to approval.
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.