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If you are in the process of majoring in criminology, what are some challenges that you have faced?

Im a senior in high school trying to become a criminal profiler. I will be the first one to graduate in my family!!😀 #criminal-justice #college #criminology

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Haley’s Answer

Desirae,

Congrats on pursuing the opportunity to be the first to graduate in your family! I am also a first-generation college student.

I majored in legal studies and criminal justice, similar to criminology.

I would say that most of my challenges were related to college in general, not specifically in criminology. I found it difficult to balance my course load, extra curricular activities and my jobs. My planner became my best friend really fast!
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Heather’s Answer

I majored in criminology with an an option in victimology. Obviously I went to the extreme rout of an advocate and became a RN. But I also did 5 years as a sexual assault advocate.

Most of my crim major classmates majored In criminology either doubled in psych or got a minor in it. Volunteer with the fields and get an insight into the various areas I.e victim services. Join the clubs in college and network, do well in college depending on what branch you wish to go into. I know some did national guard while they went through college as that gave them a different set of skills for law enforcement and an edge for applying to other departments as they branched out.
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Michelle’s Answer

You will find just about any course work challenging. I would imagine that Criminology is full of psychology and that too me is challenging enough. Get your basics down first and then get some of the course work you find that is relevant to your goal. Criminal Justice courses, legal courses (law and political science), psychology, sociology, criminology and corrections will best fit your degree goal. I don't really know what courses are out there now...been a while since I was an undergraduate or even a graduate university student, but those basic courses will lay the ground work for your degree and will keep you challenged.
Once you graduate, you will need to do clinical work if you go for the Master's degree and a PhD in Criminology....as that is where the jobs/career will take you. You will need to work with inmates, psych patients in the hospital settings and in treatment centers and with juveniles to be a criminologist.
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Karen’s Answer

My advice to you is to know the job market and what types of jobs are available and with what organizations. Unfortunately a lot of colleges offer courses and degrees that people are interested in but do not provide guidance and preparation for employment after graduation. I have worked as a forensic chemist in a lab setting for 13 years and have never known of a criminal profiler. My guess is you would have to be a member of a law enforcement agency or police department. At least in my state, you must go through the police academy, serve on patrol for many years and then advance to a detective. Congrats on achieving your degree, good luck with your job search. Be willing to work your way up and it will be worth it!
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