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If you have extensive family ties, foreign contacts in Vietnam, PRC, etc. or any immediate relatives with foreign citizenship, prepare for a very long clearance process. I’d talk to a recruiter and get that SF-86 submitted ASAP. Just do not lie in any respect; they will find out. Clearances often take 12-18 mo+ without a whole lot extra going on. If you have any criminal history or drug use it’ll only make it more difficult.Hello,
Just realized I posted my previous post in the wrong sub.
Please let me hear your honest thoughts on my chances of getting picked for Intel OCS. I am also interested in Supply and would put it as my 2nd choice.
- Will be 26 year old when I apply
- 3.94 GPA.
- Double major in Finance and Economics from a regular state's flagship school.
- OAR : 56
- Pretty involved in student government. That's about it for my EC in college.
- Was also captain of my school performing arts team. Won several state-wide competitions.
I plan to submit my package once this Covid situation gets better, since I want to be around for my family in the meantime.
- 3 years of work experience in "high-finance" in NY.
- My current work involves a lot of PowerPoint/Excel work + pitches. I would say I am very skilled in preparing slide decks/excel sheets. I am not sure how much it could help my chances
- Immigrant from Vietnam. Moved to the US since high school.
What do you think my odds of getting picked for Intel are, let's say out of 10? My biggest concern is my immigrant background and if that would make it difficult for me to get a security clearance, since I spent half of my life in birth country before moving to the states. What are your thoughts on that?
What do you think I can do to improve my application strength?
Talk to a recruiter and ask them to see if they can find someone in the IC to talk to. I’d probably go supply and then lat transfer or apply SWO-INTEL.
Either way, just apply. The IC will value your experience and (I’m assuming) language skills. If you really want Intel, who cares what it is out of 10, just keep applying until they call and tell you to stop. Lots of Intel folks had to apply multiple times.
As for the slide deck, it is important but even more so is briefing. Gotta be able to pull out the single most important face on the slide and then place it within your story.