State Department Diplomat in Residence maps out career possibilities


Rich Jaworski, Diplomat in Residence

Rich Jaworski, Diplomat in Residence (DIR) for the Southern Mid-Atlantic region, visited Radford University on March 26.

Jaworski is a senior Foreign Service officer in the Department of State with more than 31 years of global experience. As a DIR, he travels around Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina to provide guidance and advice on careers, internships and fellowships to students and professionals in the region.

During Jaworski's visit to Radford – his first - he met with students, faculty and political science classes. In each session, his message was the same: the Foreign Service, and the Department of State at large, needs workers of all skills and backgrounds.

"We’re trying to win the war for good talent," Jaworski said. "We’re letting people know that the State Department is a place where a lot of different fields can fit in. Beyond diplomats, we need human resources, budget and fiscal experts, security workers, doctors and nurses."

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity and protect American citizens abroad. Foreign Service officers travel around the globe to fulfill that mission. Jaworski himself has served in Moscow, London, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Ankara, Baghdad and Washington, D.C.

For more information about opportunities in the Foreign Service, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Jaworski's visit was sponsored by the Career Center, the Military Resource Center, the International Education Center and the Department of Political Science.

Mar 31, 2015