Growing up I always considered that I was going to be working in a hospital, always helping others. My mother was a nurse and my stepdad was a doctor, so I felt the need to follow in their tracks. In bad situations when someone was hurt, I was always the first to react. Never did I think is there anything else that I would consider doing with my career, I always set on being a nurse. 3 Years ago, my sister was born premature and since then I wanted to become a NICU nurse. Helping and nurturing the premature become healthy newborns seemed like the fight fit for me. Little did I know that I was going to change my major to something that is full of rush and integrity of doing right by the society. Going into my first year of college I started off as a Liberal arts major, then ended up changing my major 5 other times. I did liberal arts, nursing twice, business, and criminal justice twice. I couldn’t figure out what path I wanted to take. The only thing that always intrigued me was the rush of the criminal justice field. Becoming a FBI Agent has been a goal since I was younger, even when I felt that I was going to become a nurse. That idea just never seemed that it wouldn’t become true.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, also known as FBI, is the principle investigative arm of the Department of Justice. This department is known for defending the U.S. from terrorism and enforcing federal laws. There are over 35,000 agents with the skills to investigate crimes related to over 200 categories of federal law (FBI Agent: Career Guide, n.d.). If working for the BAU, you would interview suspects and monitor their activities. This involves tapping into phone records, phone calls, etc. The list goes on. For the Behavior analysis unit (BAU,) they conduct theories as to who the suspect may act, think, and look like. They are taught to learn the many disabilities a person may have, or how they are in a physioloical way. FBI Special Agents must participate in raids, search warrants, and arrests. Working in this field your life is always on the line. So, if you are scared of shooting a gun, or killing someone then this obviously isn’t meant for you. While working with the FBI, you will be involved with investigating criminal activities like drug trafficking, terrorism, organized and disorganized crime.
From watching the show, Criminal Minds, being a agent takes a toll on your life. You might be scheduled to work 50 hours a week, but in reality a special agent is expected to be free and on duty 24/7. That including holidays as well. Now having a love life, will be hard to maintain unless your significant other is okay with you traveling and working late nights. With traveling, there are 56 field offices in the US or overseas if you were to be transferred to another state. With the criminal justice field Further, agents may be often placed in atypical situations, including dealing with people in traumatic situations and crime scenes that can be gruesome and involve death.
An applicant must have the correct instruction, foundation, and mental and physical attributes to try and have a shot at turning into a FBI specialist. Planned FBI agents must have a bachelor’s degree with a general GPA of 3.0 or higher and three years of related work involvement, or a propelled degree (graduate degree or higher) and two years of related work understanding. Numerous agents have examined criminal justice, political science, engineering, or accounting, and some have finished a law degree. The FBI considers candidates’ familiarity with a remote dialect as a specific quality and regularly looks for candidates who talk particular languages, for example, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Notwithstanding instruction and work understanding, applicants ought to be physically fit, have a solid mental state of mind, be set in dangerous circumstances, and be focused on the implementation of laws and to ensuring individuals. FBI Special Agent initiates must be US natives and be no less than 23 years of age and under 37 years of age.
The process of applying to become a FBI Agent, is very extensive. You have an interview, background check, drug tests, written test, and a polygraph test. If applying you must sign a release form in order for the FBI to have a look at your employment history, any military experience, your credit score, medical records, etc. Anything that is important to know about the individual they will need access to it, for them to proceed with your application. FBI Special Agents must acquire and maintain a top-secret security clearance (FBI Agent: Career Guide, n.d.). Although all the tests and background checks seem to be a lot, you are no where near done with the application process. First submit a application on the FBI website. You need the proper education to become an agent, complete a physical fitness test. Once that is complete then you will have the chance of being invited to take the phase 1 test. Complete the 21 week FBI academy in Quantico, VA. Get assigned to the specific department you were trained for and being your job.
The process of getting this job is very extensive and borderline scary. It’s a 50/50 chance of getting in, and I plan on making myself a candidate that sticks out. There is nothing more than figuring out a mystery and helping others that doesn’t give me a certain rush. With this job, I don’t think I will ever get bored of it. There will always be some new case to solve, it’ll be never ending. Although after I graduate I don’t plan on going straight into the FBI. I would like to start off as an officer and receive some experience, to make myself stand out. With the pay of an officer I will receive $60,000 a year, and then have a pay starting off at $70,000 for when I make it as an Agent.
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