FBI rep visits students at YC
Psychology and Criminal Justice major Shaylee Carlock says being a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been a lifelong ambition.
Today, Michele Stevenson, a special agent from the Omaha division, visited campus to meet with students like Carlock about career and internship opportunities with the Department of Justice. About 40 students attended her presentation.
After speaking with Agent Stevenson and hearing more about the rigors of the job, Carlock says she’s a little less decided about her career path.
“I’ve always wanted to work in the FBI, but after today…well, it opened my eyes to the reality of that job,” she says.
While Carlock notes there are many bonuses to working for the Bureau, such as generous compensation and benefits and exciting job training, there are some drawbacks as well.
Carlock was excited by the fact that Agent Stevenson gets to carry a gun at all times, even when she is off duty. She was also interested in the many career paths available in the FBI, such as forensics, investigation, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and more. However, she notes that both the training and the job itself can be very intense and demanding.
Carlock, a senior from Turney, Missouri, says that she is still considering her options for after graduation. “It all depends on where life takes me, and what God’s plan for me is,” she says.
Carlock says that she will need three years of work experience before she would be able to apply to the FBI, so she is considering a position in juvenile corrections for the immediate future, paired with an eventual master’s degree in clinical counseling.