Many times upon graduation, young workers move into a new job based on several different factors, including area of interest, salary, location, benefits, etc. Whatever your reason for the choice you make, your new job should use your skills and talents, and allow you to earn a salary to help support your living expenses. In many cases, your first job may not be the one that meets those requirements and often people move on to a new position with greater opportunities for advancing a career by developing greater skills and potentially earning more money.

However, how disappointed do you think you might be if you discover that new position has a requirement that you cannot meet based on a decision you made at an earlier age that may or may not have been intentional? There is a saying that "ignorance of the law is no excuse" and that applies in many areas of life, and not being aware of what is legal, acceptable, or correct will not be accepted as an excuse. Don't let poor choices early in your life or career be the reason you encounter an obstacle in obtaining a security clearance and getting the promotion that you have worked so hard for in your position.

Your career could begin as a cable installer for a large company, and then you do very well and are offered a promotion to become the manager of your unit to provide installation to a large new office building. Or your career could begin as a designer of computer applications and your designs are well received and you are asked to work on a new project for a government contractor. In both cases, you will probably need a security clearance. Will you qualify, or did you make some decisions that would prevent you from being approved?

"Before I began working as a Maintenance Worker/Laborer for the federal government, I worked for a local cleaning company that serviced the shopping malls. Not only do I earn a higher salary but I also receive sick and annual leave as well as medical benefits."

No matter what your skills or interest, whether it's in the high-tech industry, medical field, hospitality services, etc., there may be a need for a security clearance.

Your skills/interest are: You could become a:
Protector Police Officer
Gaming Expert Modeling and Simulation Analyst
Organizer Logistics and Supply Consultant
Videographer Motion Video Analyst
Code breaker Information Systems Security Officer
Day dreamer Inventor of Specialized Equipment
Math wiz Accountant

Bottom line, no matter what career path you choose, whether it's a grounds keeper or head of a United States government agency, it may require a security clearance. It is up to you to make sure that you don't jeopardize your future ability to obtain that clearance.

Click here to review the potentially risky areas for obtaining a security clearance.