I’ve started an interview process for a company that requires a secret security clearance and it’s been going super well. After my first interview, I realized that I might be in trouble. I have for 10 years until recently been a weed smoker, smoking few times a month, taking month long breaks here and there. I have stopped two months ago and commit myself to honestly never doing it again because I really would rather do other things with my life and not waste it on an unhealthy habit. I have also been consistently going to therapy for a few years for self betterment, where I got help on some personal issues that may be a little but looked down upon as well as help with the weed habit. Basically looking for a change, new location, and to settle down permanently and start anew in some senses.
I love my country more than anything and really would want to serve it with my love and gift of engineering. I have an absolutely incredible resume (trying to stay humble but take my word for it) and am very well known in my industry as a guru and social media giant (articles/lectures) ie even when I was smoking I was a very very active academic. I hate the fact that I am having to deal with this reality but it is what it is.
I’m sure I will be given an offer due to my credentials and charisma, but, as much as I want to accept the offer (if and when), I am scared of the idea of being hired and then being denied security clearance, which after doing research after the first interview, seems rather plausible and then losing my job, not to mention the job I had left before to go to this new defense job. I don’t want to end up jobless.
I’ve been reading a lot and paranoia is setting in rapidly. There’s a lot of mixed feelings on certain subjects regarding the drug use.
I’d like to get peoples’ input on my situation if you would please do so kindly.