Wisconsin residents who have hopes of becoming agents with the federal bureau of investigation (FBI) should know that a formal education is absolutely vital to their success.

The bureau requires that applicants possess at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited higher learning institution, and master’s degrees and doctoral level degrees are highly preferable.

If you’re like most prospective agents you want to get the “best” education from the “best” school in order to increase your chances of being accepted by the FBI, but what does that really mean exactly? In truth, the best school is really just any school that can prepare you for the FBI career that you wish to have.

Of course, the only way to know what school that is is to have a clear idea of what kind of job you want in the FBI. Contrary to popular belief, FBI agents don’t all do the same jobs or work in the same capacities- usually imagined as the jobs most seen in spy and action movies.

Instead, they do a variety of different jobs and have vastly different academic and working backgrounds and skills. You should spend some time researching the different available jobs in order to find the one that you find the most interesting and would most like to do. Once you know that, it is easy to pick an academic major that correlates to the position you are aiming for.

When you have a fairly clear idea of what kind of career you want and of what your major should be to reach that career goal, it is time for you to choose a school. There are actually a lot of choices for higher learning institutions in the state of Wisconsin, so in order to narrow your search and to keep you from getting overwhelmed, it is really best if you first determine the kind of school that is the best choice for you.

For the majority of FBI agents, this is just a traditional college or university, from which it takes about four years on average to earn a bachelor’s degree and varying amounts of time, according to the program selected, for higher level degrees.

For some, though, especially in today’s day and age, a traditional school just isn’t a realistic option. If you have children to raise or a job that you need to continue working while in school, it may be difficult for you to balance a traditional educational schedule and your life’s responsibilities.

If you fall into this category, don’t worry. There are lots of great alternative options that are every bit as good as their traditional counterparts. You can choose, for example, a trade, technical, or vocational school or a community college. These institutions are often designed specifically with busy adults and other non traditional students in mind.

Therefore, it is easy to find classes in the evenings and even on the weekends. Plus, you can take multiple courses and earn your degree more quickly than usual. Just know that such institutions typically only grant associate’s degrees, so you will need to transfer the credits earned to a traditional school at some point.

If transferring credits doesn’t sound like your style, you can get your education from an online school. Such schools allow you to work completely at your own pace and even from the comfort and security of your own home.

You can simply log on, take a class, do your work, and then go about your day. Some people even complete all of the requirements for a class in just a week’s time or so. Just be aware that, in the online world, there are a lot of scams that will bleed you dry of money, time, and energy.

To avoid these, make the effort to carefully research any online school you are thinking of attending. Make sure that it is fully accredited and legitimate in order to keep yourself protected.

No matter which school or type of school you choose, just make sure that it is one that can provide you with every opportunity you could ever want or need for success. After that, how far you go is up to you.