How do i know that the career i want is what i am really going to do?
I like criminal justice. I've liked it since 6th grade. I know a lot about topics I need to know in criminal justice. I don't know if this is going to be my real job or not #career
It sort of sounds like you are destined to work in the criminal justice "industry," although, everything is subject to change!
There are so many different jobs that touch on criminal justice. To name just a few! Sometimes you might move between some of these, you don't always just start and stay at one job. Sometimes you change jobs for career growth opportunities, or because your interests change, or for better pay. Sort of start thinking which "side" you want to be on - the side that catches/punishes criminals, the side that tries to help people accused of crimes to defend themselves, or the "social service" side, trying to help people to reform, help victims of crime, etc. Those are sort of broad categories, but, here's some of the potential positions.
1. prosecuting attorney
2. defense attorney
3. pre-trial sentencing investigator
4. Crime victim advocate
5. parole/probation officer
6. law enforcement/detention officer
7. juvenile justice system
8. data analytics - looking for things like recidivism rates, crime patterns by neighborhood, etc
9. administrative - record keeping, prisoner processing
10. management -policies and procedures, budget, personnel matters, etc
11. human resources -hiring and retention, compensation and benefits, EEOC compliance
12. logistics -supplies -ordering, shipping, receiving, where to house a sudden influx of prisoners, etc.
14. evidence technician
15. specialties such as mental health, drugs, homelessness, or Veterans affairs within the justice system
hope this helps!
However, it's important to also stay open-minded and don't lock down on your career choices too early. Take some time to really get a feel for what the job entails both from a study, exams and experience perspective. Stay open to other roles that have aspects of criminal justice in them but are not directly part of the criminal justice system. Staying open-minded ensures you are not closing off other career options for yourself.
Gillian recommends the following next steps:
There are lots of awesome ways to get a "feel" of whether you want to pursue a career in this field.
I have listed steps below.
Sun recommends the following next steps:
Hope that helps. Wishing you the best of luck!
I have a similar feeling about education. I had always wanted to be a teacher, but I am not sure anymore. One thing that was really helpful for me was having a zoom meeting with a professor in that major. After talking to an EDU professor, I wasn't sure if that is what I wanted, but she was also able to give me info about similar careers.
Hope this helps!
This is a great question, and my advice is to see it as a journey, a life "metro" where you can try, learn, keep asking yourself by exploring, seeking "hands-on" experiences, look for an opportunity to "shadow" and join someone who is actually doing it, meet and interview openly those that made the decision in the past.
After you get some sense and feeling of how the day-to-day looks like, ask yourself if you find it as interesting, inspiring, and motivating as you feel now. If the answer is yes keep exploring, if the answer is no, take a different route that will get you to meet your passions.
Stay open-minded, set yourself a table of advantages and concerns, and make sure you follow your heart.