My friend's son, a recent graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, would like to enter a career in foreign service with the federal government. I have a few questions about what he should do to make this happen, and would very much appreciate any replies I get here. 1. Is a Bachelor's degree enough? If he wants to go for a Master's degree, is it possible to work towards one while still working out of country, for example through correspondence / online courses? Does the federal government offer programs to do so while working for them? 2. Does the federal government have programs set up to recruit and guide new people into their international affairs career tracks? 3. If he is sent out of country, can provision be made for his long-time girlfriend to accompany him? I welcome advice from career international affairs people about how to start a career in foreign relations for the government, and advice about what to expect during his career.