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New Places, 2013

So, these are the countries that I visited for the first time in 2013:
Bringing me up to: ?? countries. Not that I'm counting...I probably should though.

And here's the Frequent Flier status I earned this year, which I mention only for kicks (because frequent flyer status doesn't really get you much these days):
OneWorld Status: Ruby
Star Alliance Status: Silver
Sky Team Status: Elite


  1. Hi Greg, been reading your blog some the last few days as I try to decide if I should go to my oral assessment. Very interesting and great information. I found your blog and one other blog about the CE positions, but seems you have both been assigned to DC for a while. Any idea when/where you may go for a first assignment? I'm just curious how that process works and how they determine where you go. I'm debating this and the facility manager position, but seems like the FM's may have more opportunites overseas? Anyway, please let me know if you have any insight on this. I have to travel a long way to get to the interview so just thought I'd try to gather as much info as possible. Thanks.

    1. Yes, you should go to the OA if only so you don't have a "what if" regret later. Passing the OA and getting on the register doesn't mean you have to accept the position if offered. Most FSCEs spent the first 1.5 to 2 years in DC in on the job training supporting active projects (and some travel) before going out on 2 to 3+ year jobs. Facility managers spend about 6-9 months or so in student status at FSI before going overseas to a "real" post and moving every two years. So in some ways it's a wash. Every project is different, and every post is different, but there are similarities in both specialties. Perhaps more important is what you want to be doing while overseas: building or maintaining. I like creating new things more than fixing old things (but I suppose renovation work blurs the lines).

    2. As for assignments: FMs rotate in and out of existing positions based on who else is moving. CEs actually have to create positions to move into based on what projects got funded by Congress. I have no idea where I'm going next, when I'll find out, or when we'll go. It keeps things interesting.