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Title:
From college to career : a guide for criminal justice majors
Author:
Peat, Barbara.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Allyn and Bacon, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
x, 133 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780205338382
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Book

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Summary

From College to Career enables readers to explore career choices and make informed career decisions. The book guides readers through critical thinking and reflection on career choices, and the activities in each chapter provide opportunities to personalize the learning experience.

Much of the content information focuses on what readers need to know to help them make decisions about their major and career, including a comparison of the three main career tracks-policing, courts, and corrections-and the role of politics in criminal justice professions, ethical choices, and the need for networking.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 The Heart of a Criminal Justice Professionalp. 1
Interests and Goalsp. 1
Desires and Valuesp. 2
Strengths and Weaknessesp. 3
Putting It All Togetherp. 3
Personal Experiencep. 4
Activities
1.1a Why Did I Choose to Major in Criminal Justice?p. 7
1.1b What Do I Want to Do with My Degree?p. 8
1.2 Desires and Valuesp. 9
1.3 An Analysis of Strengths and Weaknessesp. 11
1.4 Putting It All Togetherp. 13
2 What to Expect: Looking at Career Tracksp. 15
Career Tracksp. 15
Postgraduate Educationp. 16
Law Enforcementp. 17
Courtsp. 17
Correctionsp. 18
Other Factors to Considerp. 19
Testingp. 19
Academy or Certification Requirementsp. 19
Educationp. 20
Background Clearancep. 20
Physical Requirementsp. 20
Geographic Locationp. 20
Agep. 21
Continuing Education Requirementsp. 21
Personal Experiencep. 21
Activity
2.1 Exploring Resourcesp. 23
3 Choosing a Careerp. 25
Goals and Specific Criminal Justice Positions: Looking for the Best Fitp. 26
Finding the Best Fitp. 26
Activities
3.1 Making Decisions about Careersp. 27
3.2 Career Decisions: Essayp. 39
3.3 Career Decisions: Job Announcementsp. 41
3.4 Job Announcement Essayp. 43
3.5 Interview Questionsp. 45
3.6 Interview Resultsp. 46
3.7 Job Announcements and Interview Essayp. 47
3.8 Task and Time Framep. 49
3.9 Goals Essayp. 51
3.10 Wrap-Up Essayp. 53
4 Making Yourself Marketablep. 55
The Job Marketp. 55
While You Are a Studentp. 56
Student Associationsp. 56
Conference Participation and/or Presentationsp. 57
Campus Eventsp. 57
Career Fairsp. 58
Internships/Field Experiencep. 58
Volunteer Workp. 58
Community Practicump. 59
The Job Searchp. 59
Time Investmentp. 59
Qualificationsp. 60
Resumep. 60
Cover Letterp. 61
Activities
4.1 Exploring Membership Options in Professional Organizationsp. 63
4.2 Conference Paper Abstractp. 65
4.3 Campus Student Associations, Clubs, or Groupsp. 67
4.4 Academic Campus Eventsp. 69
5 Back to the Basics: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Researchp. 71
While a Studentp. 71
Readingp. 72
Writingp. 73
Arithmeticp. 73
Researchp. 74
In Your Workp. 74
Readingp. 75
Writingp. 76
Arithmeticp. 77
Researchp. 77
Personal Experiencep. 78
Activities
5.1 Curriculum Requirements as a Puzzlep. 79
5.2 Pieces of the Futurep. 81
6 Addressing Challengesp. 83
Working for a Bureaucracyp. 83
Working with Colleaguesp. 84
Working with the Publicp. 86
Knowing Yourselfp. 86
Personal Experiencep. 88
Activities
6.1 Government or Private Sector Employmentp. 89
6.2 Getting to Know Yourselfp. 91
7 Politics, Politics, Politics!p. 93
Elected Leadersp. 93
Office Politicsp. 96
Politics and Employment in the Private Sectorp. 97
Personal Experiencep. 98
Referencesp. 98
Activities
7.1 Elected Officials and Employmentp. 99
7.2 Hiring Trendsp. 101
7.3 Employment in the Private Sectorp. 103
8 The Importance of Networkingp. 105
Networking for Career Opportunitiesp. 105
Networking on the Jobp. 107
Networking with Professionals in Other Disciplinesp. 108
Career Changesp. 109
Personal Experiencep. 109
Activities
8.1 Network Chartp. 111
8.2 Contacts in Networkp. 113
9 Ethicsp. 115
Ethics Defined in Contextp. 115
Personal Ethical Standardsp. 116
Scenarios: Dilemmas in Ethicsp. 116
Ethics and the Public's Perceptionp. 118
Ethical Challenges to Be Facedp. 119
Personal Experiencep. 120
Activities
9.1 Principles of Behaviorp. 121
9.2 Code of Ethics and Principlesp. 123
10 After Graduation: What Then?p. 125
Integration of Book Materialp. 125
Alternative Career Choicesp. 126
Expanding Career Potentialp. 127
Staying Freshp. 127
Second Careersp. 129
Conclusionp. 129
Activity
10.1 Putting It All Together Once Morep. 131
Appendixp. 133