I’m very glad to have found this forum. I’d love some accredited insight into the world of government clearances and jobs, thus here I am. I REALLY appreciate any time / thought anyone puts into replying to this, as I am very serious about a career in intelligence.
I have thought about applying to the CIA my entire life (currently early-mid 20s). I have achieved a finance degree from top 50 business school with a 3.35 GPA. Additionally, I began trading alternative assets (cryptocurrencies) before my senior year of college (peak portfolio value >$200,000). I believe myself to be in stellar physical shape (bench: 225lbs x 8, pullups: 22, 1-mile: 6 minutes, 2 years boxing) as well as mental shape. Despite having been very social in college I have never used any drug other than weed (legal state - doesn’t matter, I know). I solely used weed to relieve stress from trading 24/7 markets. (I never owned a pipe/bong and would describe myself as a very light user.)
I have squeaky clean academic and criminal records. Additionally, while in college I held internships in: academic research, private research, banking, fintech. Since graduation I have worked nationwide in a degree-relevant capacity.
I had a fluke near-death experience late 2019 which made me re-prioritize my life. Essentially I began to care less and less about a career in finance and have been honing in on a career in intelligence. Let me state that pre-college I went into a Marine recruiter, took the ASVAB, scored very well, and was essentially told to go to college and then potentially OCS. (I include this to add legitimacy to my intensions to learn more).
Given this information, the last time I used weed was almost 3 months ago. I have exactly zero desire to ever smoke again and am aware of the CIA’s 1 year policy. Questions I’d like input on follow:
1.) Does this applicant profile seem competitive?
2.) What can I do over the next 9 months to increase my odds of success in achieving a job offer in Clandestine? (My #1 thought currently is to learn an Eastern European language.)
3.) Which job sectors / industries might strengthen my application? (ex. defense?)
Again, thank you very much for reading.