Hey Travelers! We have the honor and privilege of hearing from Mr. Darion Akins, a career diplomat with over 20 years of experience in the Foreign Service. In this post, Mr. Akins shares some of his top tips on how to become a diplomat. He provides insights into everything from taking the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) to maintaining a happy family life in the Foreign Service. Be sure to check out the complete video with Mr. Akins to hear all of his valuable wisdom. Thank you, Mr. Akins, for sharing insights into what it’s like to be a diplomat.
The Foreign Service is not just a career but a lifestyle. Successful diplomats like Mr. Akins know how to navigate the Foreign Service to make it work not only for themselves but also for their families. Mr. Akins shares how he includes his family in his career decisions.
When it comes to studying for the FSOT, Mr. Akins suggests getting into the habit of reading a nationally renowned newspaper from cover to cover. Doing so will help you become a diplomat because it covers various topics such as current events, culture, science, and technology. This practice aids in recalling information more quickly and efficiently, which is essential when taking the FSOT.
So, you want to become a diplomat? However, a nagging feeling holds you back. This sensation has you second-guessing yourself, fostering self-doubt. Your inner voice may suggest that you’re not qualified enough to apply or don’t deserve to be a Foreign Service Officer (another term for a diplomat). If you’re grappling with imposter syndrome, understand that it’s normal. In the clip above, Mr. Akins shares his thoughts on imposter syndrome, highlighting that even career diplomats experience it.
What are the requirements to become a diplomat? Do you need a degree? In this clip, Mr. Akins debunks the myth that a degree is needed to become a diplomat with the U.S. State Department. To become a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, you have to be at least 20 years old and be a U.S. citizen. Mr. Akins admits that, while the majority of U.S. State Department diplomats have advanced degrees, it’s all about how you apply your knowledge.
A big question that many students have is, ‘What classes do I need to take to become a Foreign Service Officer?’ In this clip, Mr. Akins shares why applying what you’ve learned and your experiences should be your focus if you want to become a diplomat.
Top Career Tips From A Senior Diplomat
How I Became A U.S. Diplomat
What Do Diplomats Really Do?
What Do Commercial Service Diplomats Do?
Hey Ms. Traveler On YouTube
Hey Ms. Traveler’s FREE Travel E-Course