I am currently in the interview process with a government contracting company in which I will be subject to have “the ability to obtain a security clearance.” I’ve moved on well through the interview process of the company, but as I have never originally thought of my work carrying me into any type of government-related field, I never appreciated what it actually meant to obtain a security clearance. I am two years removed from college, but while in school I was a casual marijuana user (and only marijuana user) from 2014-2017, smoking 50-100 times. Additionally, I have used marijuana once in the last 6 months, but this is the extent of my drug use.
My question is, do I even bother continuing on trying to get this job? I’d imagine this security clearance would only fall in the “Confidential” category, and this is a position I really want and believe I could flourish in. I would be willing to sign any paperwork necessary to commit to a drug-free lifestyle and would allow myself to be subject to random drug testing. How realistic is it for me to be able to obtain a security clearance?