Fancy yourself as Sherlock Holmes or a dashing James Bond? You might want to get a job in a detective agency, just like Mr. Bond’s! Here are a few pointers to get you started.
- First things first. Don’t confuse terms: “private investigator” means that a private person (or a civilian) has a license and the capability to do private investigation. This is the same with the detective, only that this usually refers to a police officer that has been appointed to investigate.
- Glamour is for the movies and novels. A private investigator may be called to perform seemingly boring tasks like tracing missing family members, spy on someone and doing background checks on future employees. As a detective, you could interrogate someone, though; as well as lie, threaten or make deals as long as it’s within the law. Yet the work is not entirely exciting as the movies show.
- Go to school. Yes, there’s such thing as a detective academy (no, there is no such thing as Detective School in real life). In some places like in Europe and America, you may pass the police academy and may graduate in a course entirely different from police work. Then, you could enroll into an academy (online or ‘offline’). The important things are to at least graduate from college and prepare for a series of exams (civil service exam, tests to examine physical strength and endurance as well as tests with lie detectors and with illicit drug use detectors). The following are other equally important considerations:
- Get fit, be fit and maintain the fitness. You must be healthy and fit 100%.
- Should be 18 years old or above.
- A citizen of the country you’ve enrolled in and later work in
- Cleared of, or has no history of any felony and misdemeanor -- you need to maintain a clean record.
- Must not currently be on parole, on probation, on house arrest, etc -- again have a clean record.
- Mentally and psychologically competent.
- Get real. You’d undergo tough training: exams to keep you fit, discussions on how to use surveillance devise, how to interrogate, and the works. Remember that investigation service has a big contribution on the national scale. Whether you’d end up tracing prank calls or work on the Interpol, you’d be doing process service for your country.
- Experience before you serve. Agencies may prefer applicants with good relevant backgrounds. This is usually where the whole police academy comes in. Six months to two years of patrol duty is ideal.
- Prove it. It doesn’t matter if you are a lady heiress or a violinist in your ‘other’ life, as long as you do a good job and you qualify you might get the job. However, if you didn’t enroll in a police academy, you might want to prove your highly competent and analytical thinking abilities.
- The detective is online. You might want to consider working online as a web detective. A lot of sites online provide comprehensive information storage of individual profiles, police records, bank accounts, soft copies of court cases, etc. Your job will obviously involve tracking and obtaining relevant and accurate information of people across your region or the world.
Remember to choose a reputable detective agency.