If you live in the state of Pennsylvania and have aspirations of becoming an FBI agent, then you have probably heard that it can often take years upon years of preparation in order to be accepted into the bureau.

After all, at least a bachelor’s degree is required, plus two to three years of working experience. The good news, though, is that there are certainly things you can do to help speed up the process and to get you working in an FBI position as soon as possible. It will just take a bit of extra effort on your part.

First things first, you are going to need to look at your age. The FBI is only interested in accepting agents between the ages of twenty- three and thirty-six at the time of their application. Therefore, you need to be realistic about the amount of time you have to get your education and meet all other requirements and about whether your plan is actually feasible or not.

If at all possible, you will definitely want to start young! If you graduate from high school or earn your GED at the age of eighteen, as most people do, and then go immediately into higher education, you could feasibly earn your bachelor’s degree at the age of twenty-two.

If you work while earning your degree, then you could be ready for FBI service right when you hit twenty- three, making this a very quick and very efficient strategy.

Of course, if you aren’t still in your younger years, that strategy probably won’t work for you. You can, though, still benefit from our second tactic- which is to combine education and experience. A lot of people, especially those of advanced years who are getting pressed for time, choose to pursue their educations and take care of their work requirement at the same time.

This certainly will require a lot of work on your part, but it will be well worth it when you get to the job you want much more quickly.

What’s more is that any experiential learning that you do, such as an internship or a job shadowing opportunity, can count toward your work experience. You don’t have to get paid for your work experience; it is really just time spent showing you what it is really like to be out in the workforce.

Finally, those who really need the fastest possible fix are encouraged to consider alternative forms of education, ideally ones where they can set their own pace. Traditional colleges and universities often take as long as four years to grant an undergraduate degree. One choice, though, if you wish to attend such an institution, is to opt for more credit hours in order to finish more quickly.

This will usually cost you more money though, so bear that in mind. You can also knock time off the undergraduate degree earning process by choosing to first earn your associate’s degree from a community college or technical school. Schools such as this typically allow you to affordably work at your own pace, meaning you could earn this leg of your degree in record time, and then transfer your credits to an undergraduate degree granting institution.

Don’t overlook online schooling either, as it really is a great option providing you go about it in the right way. Online schools get a bad reputation, due to all of the many scams out there, but you can avoid any problems by doing your research carefully and choosing only those schools that are accredited.