b'Intelligence as a Career Is It Right for You and Are You Right for It?D eciding on a profession is not a trivial matter, but many people make that decision without knowing the full range of possibilitieseven within a discipline. Professional career counselors at universities try to guide students into occupations for which they appear best qualified, but their efforts can only suggest possibilitiesand often they are not aware of all possibilities. Medicine attracts students who do not necessarily know whether they wish to become general practitioners, neurologists, dermatologists, etc., just as the law attracts students who do not necessarily know whether they prefer to become trial lawyers, tax specialists, international lawyers, etc. The national security field, of which intelligence is but one component, is one of these career options. Despite the negative commentary in recent years about government bureaucrats, government service is rewarding in several ways. Not only does such a career provide the selfless satisfaction of serving ones country, but there are many intellectually provocative and challenging national security jobs, civilian and military. In addition to government service, or as a second career after government service, individuals with intelligence experience can often find positions with large corporations. Several agencies offer the opportunity of living and working overseas. This can have a great appeal to many Americans who have traveled abroad, who enjoy experiencing different cultures and societies, or who thirst for adventure. Other agencies offer numerous exciting career possibilities throughout the United States, in all-source analysis, counterterrorism, counternarcotics, counterintelligence, counterproliferation and similar fields relating to national defense and security. But how is one to know which of the many foreign affairs or national security occupations are a good fit for you; and then, how to prepare for one?'