In Their Own Words

Here on “Mind Your Major”, we are beginning a new series featuring Baylor alumni, describing their journeysafter college.  Today we welcome Kevin Perkins, BBA ’82 to share his incredible experiences since his Baylor undergrad days.

KP:  I’ve been an FBI Agent for 27 years and currently hold the position of Associate Deputy Director (equivalent to Chief Operating Officer and the #3 in command of the organization).

MYM:  What led you to consider pursuing your current field of work?

KP:  A career in the FBI was something I strived for since I was a young child (no kidding).

MYM:  What is your educational background?

KP:  My BBA from Baylor (’82) with an emphasis in accounting was part of my overall plan in that I knew the FBI hired many accountants and lawyers as Special Agents.

MYM:  What do you feel has best prepared you for your work?

KP:  The FBI’s motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.”  A Baylor education provided unique life preparation grounded in solid moral and ethical practices that helps me live up to this motto.

MYM:  Please take us through a typical day.

KP:  As the Associate Deputy Director my typical workday starts early and most often goes late. We are an organization of over 36,000 employees conducting worldwide, high risk operations 24/7/365 and operating on an annual budget of over $9 billion.   We maintain offices in over 400 locations in the US and over 70 locations overseas.

Typically I arrive at my desk in Washington, DC between 6:30 and 7:00 am and immediately begin to prepare for a series of operational threat briefings of both FBI Director Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder. Following these daily briefings I generally spend the remainder of my day in various meetings with my direct reports concerning any number of issues to include strategy, budget, human resources, information technology, security and facilities.   While I am now responsible for the business side of the FBI I most recently served as Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division where I was responsible for providing oversight of all FBI criminal investigations worldwide.

My early career was much more along the lines of a traditional FBI Agent. I am a CPA and my investigative experience included complex white collar crime, public corruption and organized crime. I also served as a Sniper on an FBI SWAT team prior to entering the management career path.

MYM:  What is your advice to students interested in pursuing this world of work?

KP:  My advice to students interested in the FBI or law enforcement in general is to pursue your dreams. The Bureau has many different career paths, all of which reward one with the knowledge that they are serving their country and protecting its citizens from those wishing to do us harm.   It is a very rewarding career!

Thanks so much to Kevin Perkins for his outstanding assistance in sharing his journey.  Look for our next edition of “In Their Own Words” next week!

Careers in Intelligence: Virtual Career Fair Coming Up

Though you may have considered careers with the FBI or CIA, you may not realize that there are 17 different agencies that make up the United States Intelligence Community.  You will soon have the opportunity to learn more about several of these agencies through a Virtual Career Fair, which will take place on Tuesday, February 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Central).  Students interested in internships or full-time employment with these agencies are encouraged to participate.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure your spot at the fair.  Visit to learn more.

Child and Family Studies Major

Students who are fascinated with human development and family relationships might find a home in the Child and Family Studies major.  The program offers students opportunities to gain insight into healthy development and what factors can impede healthy development.  What happens to us in childhood can have lasting effects on how we handle relationships and life situations as adults.  By learning about these processes, Child and Family Studies majors can learn about ways to have a positive impact on others.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences keeps track of the types of positions that students accept after graduation, as well as where they are employed.  This includes information for Child and Family Studies majors.  Click here for more career opportunities.

Reading course descriptions might help you to evaluate if this is a major you would enjoy.  If you like working with children, you will probably be excited to hear that some of the classes involve observation at a child development center.  If you like learning about people and working with people, this just might be the major for you!

Click here for our Child and Family Studies podcast.

Articles of Note

Here are a few articles we’ve seen this week with valuable info:

This article reminds us of the important experience you gain from roles you take on in student organizations during your time in college.  Don’t forget to include that experience on your resume!

This article provides valuable insight to add to your thought process when planning for law school.

This article has some great tips for making sure your social media is recruiter ready.

Baylor University Office of Career and Professional Development does not specifically endorse or support all articles and website links that may be found within these websites.