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Foreign Service Examination and Career Counselling Inc. (FSECC) was established in 1984 in Ottawa, Canada. Since then we have expanded—literally worldwide—to help individual clients with specialized career advancement materials and personal coaching, and provide institutional and corporate clients with workshops and organizational development consulting services.
Our company’s expertise, based on the diverse international work and corporate training experience of president Barry Yeates [click here], has made FSECC the preferred resource for people seeking entry positions or career progression at officer and executive levels in Foreign Service work, government in general, and international organizations.
In particular, we provide individual clients with a significant advantage in highly competitive staffing exercises. We do this by separating fact from rumour about how institutions apply hiring and promotion criteria, and by showing candidates how they are screened, tested, interviewed and evaluated using arcane behaviour-based methods which we understand thoroughly.
A list of client organizations we have served is shown below, and comments from individual clients are displayed elsewhere on this website. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by prospective clients are also provided for information.
To discuss your personal or organizational needs and how we can help, please contact us after looking over our array of services.
FSECC has provided test prep materials, simulation, interview and other career advancement coaching to thousands of individual clients in Canada, the United States and abroad.
Services initially focused on helping university undergraduates, graduate students and doctoral candidates seeking entry-level employment. Over the last 15 years we have expanded to become an “entry to exit” career development resource, dealing with professionals seeking career change, experienced individuals pursuing internal promotions or outside opportunities, and retiring executives honing their job search skills and materials to find consulting work.
Our clients come from different academic backgrounds and universities around the world, and from a wide range of sectors, jobs and levels. For example:
Disciplines include: law, politics/international relations/development studies, business/commerce/administration/MBA, public administration, economics, history, journalism, languages/linguistics, psychology, applied sciences, and engineering.
Places of study include: virtually all Canadian universities; U.S. institutions including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, Duke, North Carolina, GWU, Georgetown; European universities including Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, London, Sussex, Le Sorbonne and l’ENA.
Types of positions most commonly sought or worked in include: Canadian diplomatic officer and related jobs (political/economic, commercial/economic, immigration, management/consular or international development streams; administrative staff, commercial officer and policy officer); U. S. diplomatic officer (political, economic, public diplomacy, consular and management tracks, or specialist, commercial or development jobs); government executive, multilateral organization staff, and NGO program officer.
To honour confidentiality, we do not publish the names of individual clients. However, testimonials provided voluntarily by clients are displayed on this website along with comments and names of supporters.
Institutional and Corporate Clients
FSECC has led consulting teams, participated with other firms in projects, and carried out individual assignments with client organizations listed below.
Canadian Government Departments and Agencies
Privy Council Office
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
International Departments and Agencies
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (now Global Affairs Canada)
Canadian International Development Agency (now part of Global Affairs Canada)
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (now Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada)
Canada Border Services Agency
Immigration and Refugee Board
Trade Facilitation Office of Canada
Other Departments and Agencies
Canada Revenue Agency
Canada School of Public Service
Canadian Coast Guard
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Human Rights Commission
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Correctional Service of Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Hazardous Materials Information Review Commission
House of Commons, Information Services
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (now Employment and Social Development Canada)
Indian and Northern Affairs (now Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)
Industry Canada (now Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada)
National Gallery of Canada
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, Chancellery of Honours
Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada
Patented Medicine Prices Review Board
Public Health Agency of Canada
Public Safety Canada
Public Works and Government Services Canada (now Public Services and Procurement Canada)
Royal Canadian Mint
International Organizations and Business Associations
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna
International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Vienna
International Civil Aviation Organization, Montreal
International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva
United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna
United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs, New York
International Trade Centre, Geneva
Association of Manufacturers and Exporters Canada, Toronto
Canadian Association: Latin America and Caribbean, Toronto, and partner
Chambers of Commerce in Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti
Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce, Bridgetown, and affiliated
Chambers of Commerce in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana,
St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica
Belize City Chamber of Commerce, Belize
Metal Trades Industry of Australia, Melbourne
Corporations: Canada and the United States
Bell Canada, Rogers Cantel Paging
Food Service Sector
Beatrice, Capital Foods, Rich’s Products
Manufacturing Service Sector
P. G. Bell, PMI Equipment, Armtec, Mactac, Van-Rob Stampings
Lycée canadien and Université canadienne (France), Red Cross Nordic United World College (Norway), Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific (Canada)
We are the only career coaching firm that specializes in helping candidates understand and advance in government, multilateral organization and international NGO hiring and promotion competitions—from entry level to executive level.
No other service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches the expertise we have developed or the placement record we have achieved over the past 25 years. The success rate of our clients in institutional hiring and promotion processes attests to the quality of our training. Please take the time to read testimonials sent to us which are shown on this website under Client & Supporter Comments [click here].
Si vous avez des questions en français, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous, et nous nous ferons un plaisir de vous aider personnellement. Nous regrettons de ne pouvoir offrir la trousse ainsi que les autres services pour les examens gouvernementaux en français.