Connecticut residents who think that careers as homeland security agents might be up their alley should know that the state offers lots of opportunities to learn about and grow in this area. Before taking advantage of or even learning about those opportunities, however, the first thing for you to do is to spend some time exploring and learning about homeland security in general.

Most people are unaware of how wide, varied, and diverse this career field is. You might find it surprising to learn that there are actually hundreds of different jobs available in the field, and that no two are exactly the same.

Take the time to research the different jobs in the field, being sure to note those that are of particular interest to you. When you come across a job that you think could be the perfect fit, devote as much time as possible to finding out all that you can. Learn first, of course, about the responsibilities involved in doing that job and about the various qualifications necessary to be hired in the first place.

If your interest continues and the job is something you could realistically see yourself doing in the future, dig even deeper. Try to find and speak to professionals in your area involved in that particular line of work. If at all possible, try to set up a job shadowing or other type of experiential learning opportunity.

Be aware however, that due to confidentiality issues, some jobs in the field will not allow you to observe or ask too many questions.

It is only after you have thoroughly researched that you are prepared to set a career goal firmly in place. Once you do have this career goal set, however, planning your education and other training, if applicable, to meet that goal is simple.

In most cases, your first step, no matter what your desired job may be, is to get the proper education. Almost all jobs in the field will require applicants to have at least a bachelor’s level degree.

Degree majors vary significantly from one job to the next. In simpler positions, people often just have a degree in homeland security. Other professionals in the field might possess this general degree too, frequently supplemented with a concentration in a more specific area.

Some will choose to study areas directly connected to the job they wish to have, such as those hoping to go into law enforcement studying law enforcement. There are lots of possibilities, and sometimes even multiple ways to reach the same end goal.

The key is that you follow through and do reach that goal, no matter what it takes. Usually, education is just one small part of the journey.

Most people will receive a degree, complete an internship or some other type of experiential learning opportunity, and then, for some positions, have to go through a lengthy and rigorous application process. All your hard work will pay off, however, when you have the job you want.