Job Hunting, Again


jordan flag, amman jordan, foreign service usaidDespite my intentions otherwise, during the pre-bid-submission period (all of two weeks), I did as much research as I could into life at post, including employment opportunities for EFMs. I was barely a week into my current job (even now, I’m three months in) and already it’s time to start thinking about applying for the next one.Part of me wants to just wait until our arrival to start thinking about jobs. My thought is: We’re going to be there for four years — plenty of time to work. Being unemployed Having the flexibility to get settled, deal with our shipment arrivals, learn my way around a new city and otherwise familiarize myself with our new home/life is a big plus — one that wouldn’t necessarily be feasible were I to jump into a job right away. It would also allow time to write and pursue other professional development/interests that tend to fall by the wayside once you’re working full time.On the other hand, securing employment from day one (besides obvious financial pluses) has the benefit of immediately establishing a routine and, if not a social circle, at least a group of professional colleagues. EFM jobs (with the exception of places like Kabul) at embassies are usually pretty competitive since there are almost always way more qualified spouses than jobs available. Local employment is an option for countries in which there are Bilateral Work Agreements or De Facto Work Arrangements, which Jordan fortunately has. So it’s in my interest to apply early.It’s the age-old conundrum of being a trailing spouse: giving up a traditional career path and professional stability for a life of travel and adventures, some of which are only possible in a dual-income household (looking at you, Maldives).So I recently submitted my first job application for Jordan. It’s for a similar embassy job to the one I had in El Salvador. We’ll see! In the meantime, I have plenty of work to keep me busy here.What’s your ideal job?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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