Want to be a Foreign Service Officer? Read this

Posted at Apr 30 2013 08:58 PM | Updated as of May 01 2013 04:58 AM

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MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has the following advice for those who want to become a Foreign Service Officer: Study hard.

Speaking to ANC's Headstart, del Rosario said less than 1 percent of roughly a thousand applicants pass the Foreign Service Officer exam annually.

"It is a professional endeavor, one worth considering. It is a good way to serve your country. You have to study a lot...Normally, we administer this annually to about a thousand applicants and less than 1 percent pass. Maybe less than 10 (out of a thousand) will pass," he said.

He said that in one year, not one applicant passed the FSO exam. "That's how hard it is," he said.

Del Rosario said the FSO exam covers a wide range of topics. "That is why you can count on the DFA officers to be the best and brightest in government," he said.

ANC Headstart, April 30, 2013