Yeah, it takes a while to get a decision back. I did say “over a year” for how long they took to get back to me, but I didn’t say how much over a year. It took forever, and they rejected me with a nice little fat packet in the mail specifying exactly why I was rejected.
I’m not bitter. National security is serious. I don’t blame them.
I’d say don’t sweat it. A rejection is pretty much a blessing. I was at a party a few weeks ago where everyone was having a great time. Some guy rolled a blunt, and a bunch of people started smoking it. I noticed that this guy I had talked briefly with, a guy who works for some contractor and admitted to me to have a clearance when I asked, literally put on his jacket and wordlessly left when he noticed. I don’t blame him… I’d hate to be in his position of jeopardizing his clearance and filing paperwork to report the incident and not being able to smoke weed too.
You’ll have more freedom in the private sector. You won’t have to fill out paperwork to travel. Won’t need to put together all those financial statements. Won’t need to ever see the inside of a SCIF with no Spotify or cell phone. And you won’t need to basically get re-cleared every five or ten years!
Also, you’ll make way more money in the private sector. The job offers I’ve gotten are something like 2-3x what I would’ve made working for the government or a contractor, and that’s just entry level stuff. If you’re in the right field and are smart/hardworking, you should be set to make ridiculous bank.
The way I’m seeing it, I might want to try to venture back into government work when I’m old, boring, already have accrued good retirement savings, and want the stability of a nine-to-five government job. Before then, honestly, no gripes about not getting cleared. There’s way too much exciting and high paying stuff out there to feel down about a rejection!