Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to the most pressing questions.
Why Did You Start NSCLI?
Getting a job in the foreign affairs intelligence & security professions is often a difficult and lonely – especially for those who don’t have the same resources, connections or background as current professionals. However, after 7 years of helping clients make these career transitions through coaching, we knew it didn’t have to be.
As a result, we wanted to leverage the power of Course, Coaching and Community to both help those who have a passion to serve.
Why Don't You Have a Job Board?
Someday we might. But for now, we believe there are many other options for candidates to find the latest job announcements.
Our focus is on preparing our members for using those services by supporting the transformation required to be competitive candidates.
Do You Accept Everyone Who Applies for Membership?
Although we both embody and are steadfastly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we take great care to ensure those who join our community are dedicated to careers in foreign affairs, intelligence & security and will be respectful members.
Our application process is designed to create a trusted, healthy and empowering forum through careful consideration of who will be admitted. In addition, those admitted will be bounded by our terms of service to ensure that the comity and respect continues over the course of the Members’ participation in NSCLI.
Who would benefit from NSCLI’s approach, including career coaching?
Fundamentally, NSCLI seeks to introduce and inspire the next generation of national security and foreign affairs professionals. Some young people and more established individuals already have an interest in understanding of these fields. In this case, they may need only minimal guidance on how to complete for available positions. There are other populations who are not yet aware of the potential of a career in foreign affairs or national security. These groups will benefit from an exploration of possibilities through individual or group career coaching, or a broader introductory session with NSCLI professionals. We seek to meet the client at their current level of knowledge and build from there.
What if I don’t know anything about national security or foreign affairs?
Then you are a great fit for working with NSCLI to learn more about the associated opportunities! We don’t require or assume you already know all about these fields. NSCLI’s goal is to increase understanding of and participation in national security and foreign affairs in diverse populations. Not every community or educational institution has the knowledge or other resources to educate members about opportunities in these areas, and that is why we are here to help.
My University (or College) Has a Career Center. Why Should I Join?
Having gotten our start in coaching on a university campus, we have great respect for the work that Career Service Organizations do to help students reach positive career outcomes upon graduation.
It’s because of that, NSCLI is passionate about helping CSOs by complementing or augmenting their capabilities with industry-specific expertise. If they have a student who is interested in national security, intelligence, defense or corporate security, we want to provide them with the resources and skills to make them competitive candidates.
Do You Work With Recruiters?
We routinely consult with recruiters to stay up-to-date on the current needs and hiring practices, but don’t offer job placement services.
How Are You Different than LinkedIn?
Love this question. Without a doubt, LinkedIn has helped millions of professionals connect and network in ways that lead to great career opportunities and outcomes. It is a fantastic resource.
However, for those in the intelligence and security professions – or those trying to get in – LinkedIn’s size and openness presents many challenges and concerns. It’s a massive ocean, with millions of fish.
NSCLI seeks to complement LinkedIn by providing a small oasis where those in foreign affairs, intelligence & security can develop and prepare for the career market. Here they will gain the industry-specific specific knowledge and skills sought by those who are using LinkedIn to find candidates or connections.