From Pittsburgh to the World: Interview with a Foreign Service Specialist

World Affairs Report
From Pittsburgh to the World: Interview with a Foreign Service Specialist
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Dale Giovengo joined us to discuss his experience leaving a successful 36-year career with Giant Eagle to join the Foreign Service.  Motivated by the events of September 11, 2001, he wanted to serve his country and was not able to join the military so he decided to join the Foreign Service in 2006 as a second career.  Dale explains the difference between a Foreign Service specialist and generalist. If you want to be a specialist, which is the career track Dale chose, you will work behind the scenes in the day-to-day life at an Embassy and do not take the Foreign Service written exam like consular/political officers do.

Dale emphasizes that many careers at the State Department with the Foreign Service are designed for experienced professionals coming from the private sector – the average age of a new hire at the Foreign Service is 32 years old, and there are many instances of professionals of Dale’s age joining at a later date in their careers.   Dale walks us through the application process, the day to day life living at overseas embassies, advice for those looking to join the Foreign Service, and shares anecdotes from his career. Find out what shocked him about ordering pizza in Switzerland and why he received a goat as a gift in Mali!

Official job postings at the State Department website: www.careers.state.gov