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F
OCUS ON
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MPLOYMENT
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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / A P R I L 2 0 1 2
irst the bad news. Finding rewarding work while accompanying a Foreign Service employee
overseas remains an incredible challenge. Many chiefs of mission do not make it a high priority to help spouses and part-
ners find work, and many of the jobs within posts are clerical or short-term.
Jobs on the local economy are hard to come by and often pay wages far lower than similar jobs in the United States.
American companies have yet to fully embrace teleworking, and starting your own business carries all the perils it does
I
T
S GETTING EASIER FOR
F
OREIGN
S
ERVICE FAMILY
MEMBERS TO FIND MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT
OVERSEAS
,
BUT THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO
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