The best way to decide which career is for you it to research it and try to gain some experience.
I would advise researching online the two careers you are interested in: what does the job involve, whats the day to day regime lime, prospects for career growth and if you can try to network with people already in the profession the gain some more insight.
Ultimately, in my opinion the best way to decide if this career is for you is by experiencing it first hand. If you can try and get some work experience where you can shadow the career and have the opportunity to ask questions/
Its all about exploration, research and envisioning if this is the career for you! Don't be afraid to ask questions and network with the professionals as this is where you will gain the most insight.
Here is a link: https://www.bls.gov/audience/jobseekers.htm
I also had a lot of questions as to which career was right for me. After all, there are so many interesting careers to choose from in the world! In order to help decide which career is best for you, you can ask yourself many questions to shape how you want your life to look. Here are some examples of questions to ask yourself:
1. What type of work environment do you want to be in? Do you want to work in teams, alone, etc?
2. What excites you the most? Is it solving mysteries and crimes? Is it learning about the way that the business/corporate world works?
3. What type of impact do you want to make on the world? In what areas?
The list goes on. Additionally, you can also speak to people in each of the career fields by reaching out to professionals on LinkedIn. Many people are willing to share their experiences and this can help you decide if you also want to have a similar career.
Good luck on choosing your career path!
I think the best way in determining this is getting your feet wet instead of watching from the sidelines. You can do all of the research in the world and it be so different once you're in the field. I have been with my current company for 13 years and have held numerous positions during that time. There were job titles that were super challenging yet rewarding and there were others that I was anxious to get out of from the first month in role. I remember taking a position that I worked years to qualify for only to find out after a few months that I didn't enjoy what I was doing. I took that as an opportunity to grow while I looked for something different. I was able to learn a lot through that position and recommend you get some "in the field" experience as you make your decision. I also would encourage you to jump in and not stress too much about the "right" decision. Life is all about experiences and how we respond to circumstances we find ourselves in. If you choose one path and decide it's not for you then be ok with that. You can always do something different. Yes it will be challenging but it can also be very rewarding if you allow it to be. I wish you all the best!
I would suggest you can consider approach below :
1. You can find out more information on these 2 careers online
2. Attend the information session of the universities of these 2 major. You can discuss with the professors to under more on these 2 careers and find out the entry criteria of the colleges.
3. If you know someone working in these 2 careers, you can also speak to them to find out more information.
4. Explore any intern opportunities in these 2 careers
5. Seek advice from your career counsellor in your school
Hope the above can help you to find out which one suits you better! Good Luck!
Yes, money is important as we all need it to live, but be sure to include passion and interest in your search!
Ask around to shadow someone in both of the jobs- nothing helps you decide more than actually doing it [some jobs may be difficult to shadow in, but if you really show interest, people will go out of their way to help you do it]
You can do anything if you put your mind to it!
Anthony Kofi Hene-Amoah
1. Examine them one by one.
2.Consider your INTEREST and
KNOWLEDGE in each of them.
3. Consider how your studies or
courses are related to each of
Best wishes to you.
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Jason nailed it! Find the intersection of these two fields, and you'll be happy! Also, understand that it is fairly common to change jobs, and careers, every five years or so. One is a stepping stone to the next, and you will learn to showcase your experience on your resume in a way that highlights how it applies to the position you are seeking. It's called "transferrable job skills."
In the meantime, I'd try to narrow down what aspect of criminal justice appeals to you. There's the judicial system, prosecutor's office, criminal defense, penal system, probation, working to acquit those wrongly convicted, advocating for victims, law enforcement, etc. The list is endless.
In business, there are companies that offer security systems, background checking services, litigation support services, companies that sell furnishings and equipment to prisons, etc.
It's not uncommon to work first in a government position (police, prosecutors, probation) and then take that experience and transition into a private sector job, as mentioned above. If that is something you are considering, you may want to pursue your education in criminal justice at this time. Use your time on that job, AND the tuition assistance program most of them offer, to pursue a business degree. That degree, and your knowledge of business practices, will then be "current" (trends and thinking change over time) when you start looking for that business position.
Hope this helps!