BARRIGADA, Guam — October 2017— Many people, at a young age, have aspirations of what their dream job may be. However, sometimes your career path is not always what you set it out to be.
Tanya Balajadia, a proud University of Guam alumna, is an intelligence analyst with a Federal Law Enforcement Agency, however, for security purposes, the exact agency cannot be identified.
She received a bachelor of arts degree in biology in 1998 and her master’s degree in public administration in 2005.
Growing up, Balajadia did not envision herself in law enforcement. All her life she wanted to become a veterinarian. As a young girl, she volunteered at vet clinics, worked at pet stores, and even became a vet technician.
When she began working as an office manager at a vet hospital in Mississippi, however, she began having second thoughts. Veterinarians are constantly going to school and she wasn’t certain that that was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
This self-realization happened around 9/11. Terrorism was a front-line issue and the TV series “CSI” was just becoming popular. Balajadia thought she could use her biology background to study forensics and get into law enforcement.
She decided to come back to Guam and get her masters degree. After graduating, she worked for the Guam Police Department and was later recruited to work for a Federal Law Enforcement Agency.
As part of her job, she analyzes information received from various sources to assess threats and prevent attacks from potential enemies.
“I take a lot of pieces of information and determine what actually is intelligence,” Balajadia said. “Information is just information until it has meaning.”
However, Balajadia said this can be challenging if policymakers do not act on the information provided. Balajadia also attends and participates in many other government agency meetings. She stresses that these threats involve all areas and aspects of government, not just law enforcement. Threats are better addressed when everyone works together.
“I write about these threats and it has to be concise, comprehensive and informative,” Balajadia said.
Outside of work, Balajadia is also a hard-working wife and mother who enjoys spending time with her two kids and husband.
She is also a Girl Scout troop leader. She strives to be a positive role model for young girls by teaching them leadership skills and providing them with new experiences and opportunities.
She is a hard-working employee, a loving mother, and a positive leader who continues to make a difference in the lives of many both on and off the job.
Although veterinary work was Balajadia’s first career interest, she is passionate about the work she does now for law enforcement and is happy that she chose to return home to pursue her master’s degree at the University.