As the pace of life continues to pick back up, Katie Keller and I reviewed all the happenings on the news site this past week. Each week, many things happen around the world that impact our understanding of national security. On ClearedCast, we review and discuss the things that stood out this week.
Week in Review – ClearedCast Style
Christopher Burgess began last week with a play by play of the Thousand Talents Program’s Chinese scientist who was arrested on the run. Mad props to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent for noticing that Song Gou Zheng was asking a fellow passenger on the charter flight out of Alaska to take on board two of his bags. It’s clear that there is a reason for this caution to not carry anyone else’s bags but your own – otherwise, you could be aiding someone on the run.
Security Clearance News
We looked at whether or not different clearance levels translate to a bigger paycheck. While there’s no real way to quantify the pay change for moving up in clearance levels, the reality is that a TS does make you more marketable. Clearances are like a reliability ticket to employers, proving that you are a person that can be trusted. However, a GS-15 employee has the same pay scale whether or not a clearance is required. The biggest thing is you need the experience and the education to meet the job requirements.
Pandemic life may seem like a bad time to go job searching, but all indicators in the defense industry say otherwise. In fact, it can even be a good opportunity to relocate even. Some companies are even offering a sign-on bonus for applicants that are willing to relocate. The quasi virtual life could even make your shift to new territory even smoother. There’s a lot of flexibility and the market is in your favor to do it. Don’t forget what your overall career goals are.
What To Look for This week
Stay tuned for more leadership lessons this week. Steve Leonard helped us think through military moves this past week, complete with one military move involving an inebriated mover. This week, he returns to focusing on leadership. You can also read about whether or not virtual conferences are worth it, and whether or not you can get a clearance if you don’t really need it. Have a security clearance career topic you’d like us to cover? Drop us a note in the comments.