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What are some things that I should mainly focus on when looking for my career?

I want o be a marine or secret service career

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Spencer’s Answer

If you are seriously thinking about becoming a Marine you should focus on physical fitness and what kind of job you want in the Marines. Also, the Marines may not have the kind of position you want and it is always best to talk to recruiters from multiple branches, Army. Navy, and Air Force. You can also use your experience in the military to later pursue a career in the secret service. Best of luck!
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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Brody,

You got some great advice here. What I might offer in addition is to really consider what you want to do within those organizations. They are both large with a wide variety of opportunities to do different jobs. I know people who were or are in the Air Force and each had a different career path: pilot, mechanic, doctor, military police, and hospital administrator.

I would recommend thinking about how you want to be of service in these organizations. What skills and talents do you already possess that you would like to use in your daily work? I have a skill and a passion for writing. I found a job that requires that, because doing what I like to do and what I do well helps me get through the times when work is hard. What is your skill? I think that both would benefit from knowing more than one language as well as physical fitness. You should also consider how much you want to travel and potentially be away from home. It feels like you could do both - begin as a Marine and then move to the Secret Service. Anything that you want to do and do well begins with really knowing yourself. What will you absolutely not do? I can't cut into a human being. I just know that I can't. And my motion sickness means flying would be difficult. But I like to interact with people, train people, or write. That would allow be to be a communications person, an instructor, or potentially work on the social media platform for the Air Force. (The United States Thunderbirds have great social media content by the way.)

Best of luck,
Gloria
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Roman’s Answer

If you want to be a marine and in the secret service, there is a path that could possibly include both.
1. College (some sort of homeland security degree or equivalent)
1a. Talk to a recruiter, try to get into a program that commissions you as an officer into the Marines after graduation, probably involving ROTC in college
2. Commission as an officer in the Marine Corps.
3. Apply for the Secret Service.

Keep in mind, the Secret Service selection has a very high attrition rate. Most of your career decisions before selection should be driving you to becoming a better candidate. Great physical condition, experience with criminal investigation, and military experience will help tremendously.
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Jake’s Answer

I would say the #1 thing to focus on for both of those jobs is to keep a clean record! Both of those careers can easily not be available with a record. Another thing to focus on is weight. I tried to join the marines in college, but did not meet their height/weight requirement and denied entry (at the time 5'9 had to be 185lbs or less). I was able to do all of training within the time limit, but without losing weight they would not accept me.

Jake recommends the following next steps:

Talk to a Marine recruiter
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Priya’s Answer

Some things to consider when picking a career: do you like it? Are you interested in it? Will the salary allow you to live in the way you would like/ get necessities met? Does the job structure (structured or unstructured routine) suit you? Does the type of communication suit you? What are the means/steps to be able to do the job? Just things to explore =).
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Judi’s Answer

When deciding on a career, think about applying what you love to do and what you do well. Whatever your career choice is it will consume the largest percent of your daily life. You listed two areas of focus: Marine and Secret Service? What is their common thread? That common thread may be a hint to the types of jobs that will peak your highest interest. Then further research the current and future trends of the market for those jobs in LinkedIn and other professional sites to understand their pay scale and educational requirements. Good luck!
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