House Hunters International: dream job come true

Sorry for the gap in coverage, but the past few weeks have been pretty routine so there hasn’t been too much to write about.  We’ve been trying to figure out how and when we will get to see our family and friends in the next two months, and working out the logistics of our move.  Our short list looks something like:

  • Cormac finishes his thesis (soon!)
  • Book airline tickets
  • Confirm packing and shipping details
  • Finish buying our consumables 
  • Purchase a car and prep for shipment
  • Obtain, copy, and file important documents
  • and the list goes on and on and on

Luckily, my brain is getting a little break from planning during the day while I’m in training. After four long weeks of acquisition and procurement training, I’ve started a new course in real estate management.  I’m learning all about how the government buys and leases property abroad, how to manage a pool of houses, and how to keep our coworkers from driving us crazy with housing requests.  I think this may be my favorite part of my job, since it’s kind of like being on the show “House Hunters International,” only more extreme.   It may also be the most challenging, as people unhappy with their housing are unlikely to be happy about much else.  

The instructor for this portion of training does a good job reminding us that even as General Services Officers, whose main job is providing customer service for U.S. missions abroad, we still are serving the American public.  She opened the course with the following quote:

“I will never forget that I live in a house

owned by all the American people

and that I have been given their trust.”

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fireside Chat – April 14, 1938

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One thought on “House Hunters International: dream job come true

  1. “It may also be the most challenging, as people unhappy with their housing are unlikely to be happy about much else. ” Very true! People do get picky about their abodes. You are going to do a great job!

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