Hopefully this isn't entirely too personal for this board.
Last year my friend was fortunate to find a job which required a security clearance and they went out of their way to see he got the clearance to work for their company.
From what I learned this required interviews with friends and acquaintances from the past seven years among other digging and investigation. I hope when I acquire my degree in astronomy that I am able to land a decent paying job relevant to my courses but it seems these may require a security clearance.
Truth be told I'm not social and I really don't have many close friends but I don't believe I am hikikomori.
Would my lack of a social network work against me in this regard because the gov't isn't able to make a case that I'm not about to go selling secrets to the PRC or Iran?
Anyway one of the sad things is that once my friend got a security clearance it seems that he's completely distanced himself from me as a friend after six years.