Burn Bag: Remind me again of the purpose of a CDO? Anyone?

Via Burn Bag:

Remind me again of the purpose of a CDO*? What is their purpose when I can set my own training and lobby my own bids, the bureaus so the handshakes and assignments. Tell me again why this power tripping office exists?

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*CDO – career development officer

3 responses

  1. Ignorance of and disdain for the work of management officers is, I believe, one of the required elements of the Career Development Plan. Check! Congratulations! I believe you are now eligible to open your window for consideration for promotion to the Senior foreign Service!

  2. There was a Sounding Board post a few years back that suggested renaming them as Job Placement Officers because they don’t do the first bit of developing careers. I had seven CDOs during my first two years in the Service.