Leaving The Nest - Episode 16: Working at the FBI and in federal law enforcement with Zack Lowe
Have you ever wondered what it would be like working for the FBI?
Hey there, listeners! Welcome back to another episode of Leaving the Nest. I’m your host, Kathleen Pellegrino from ROCS Grad Staffing. Our mission is to help you find a job out of college and thrive in the real world.
I’m so excited for today’s episode because we have with us Zack Lowe. Zack is an Army Veteran and he worked for the FBI for over 22 years. I’m very thankful he has offered to come on to Leaving the Nest to share his advice and his input—all the ins and outs of working in federal law enforcement agencies, what it takes to get in, and what it takes to succeed.
I think he’ll be able to answer a lot of the questions you may have if you’re interested in going into this type of career.
Let’s go ahead and welcome him on and hear more about what he has to say!
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In This Episode:
[01:19] - We’re introduced to today’s guest, Zack Lowe.
[03:06] - Did Zack know in high school that he would end up going into the Army?
[05:10] - Zack talks about the value of building relationships.
[05:56] - Things changed in Zack’s life after being in the Army resulting in a shift in his life’s goals.
[08:01] - These are the people we need to have hard conversations with when it comes to setting goals in life.
[09:22] - Advice on how to get a job working in the FBI.
[11:44] - Suitability in the FBI means a change in lifestyle. Here’s what that means.
[14:20] - How long does it take to get hired by the FBI after starting the application process?
[16:50] - This is what Zack would suggest to keep a healthy mindset while waiting to hear back from the application process for the FBI.
[19:49] - Zack answers the question whether there are too many applications versus seats to fill.
[21:09] - Most of the people that start the training almost always make it through. Zack explains why.
[23:00] - A day in the life of someone going through training for the FBI, according to Zack.
[24:26] - Zack discusses his day-to-day working for the FBI.
[26:36] - What is the work/life balance for an FBI agent?
[29:23] - Was there ever a time Zack wasn’t able to involve his wife and family with work decisions?
[31:15] - Zack discusses what it was like working his way up the FBI ranks.
[33:58] - This is how “who you know” compares to “what you know” as it applies to the FBI.
[36:50] - How has the FBI changed since the 1990s?
[39:17] - Zack shares his opinion on how the FBI is portrayed in the media and in entertainment.
[41:35] - This is how FBI agents in training can benefit from the entertainment industry.
[44:20] - We learn the biggest piece of advice Zack would give someone wanting to pursue a career in the FBI.
[46:22] - A healthy lifestyle is critical for being successful in the FBI.
[47:33] - What is Zack up to now?
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