The Criminal Justice Department, in conjunction with Career Services, was honored to host the United States Secret Service on Nov. 28 and 29, thanks to the efforts of CJ Faculty member Francis Olive III, Ph.D.
During both days, the Secret Service conducted two very robust career information sessions of more than two hours each to highlight hiring and interview qualifications, the onboarding process and the diverse career paths within their three primary areas of employment.
The Secret Service was founded in 1865 to deter counterfeiting. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, it was given a new mandate to protect the U.S. president. Today’s Secret Service comprises special agent/criminal investigators, uniformed division police officers and administrative/professional and technical personnel. A representative from each division formed the career team that addressed the students, giving them an in-depth outline of the mission and performance aspects of their individual specialties.
All WSU community members were invited to attend. The majority of students present were Criminal Justice majors and minors, with over 130 students attending for both sessions. The Secret Service Career Team encouraged attendees to raise their hands and answered many questions involving eligibility, age limits and physical fitness standards during and after the sessions.
All attendees who signed in and gave a valid email address will receive the entire PowerPoint presentation for reference should they choose to consider the Secret Service for future employment. If students are interested in following up with the Secret Service, they are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Olive, the Secret Service’s point of contact for Worcester State University.
Eileen O’Brien and Jillian Anderson of the Career Services office were also on hand to provide students with in-person information as well as a variety of printed materials to take with them for future reference, all designed to equip students with a solid and successful career path. Our Publications and Printing Services office helped by printing out the posters around campus along with the information sheets about the event.