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Day 14: Getting your Foot in the Door

July 28th, 2009

A couple of my friends are very interested in the field of criminal justice. Since I’m an intern at Corrections.com, they ask for my advice on how to get their foot in the door and what steps they should take to get to where they want to be. Since I’m not a criminal justice major, and before this internship I knew next to nothing about the field, I decided to investigate for myself so as to be able to provide them with an educated answer.

First, I asked them what their majors are at school and since they are criminal justice majors I figured that was a step in the right direction. Next, I looked on Corrections.com’s careers page and encouraged them to also look there too. The career page offers recent job postings as well as places where you can upload your resume for job seekers to view. It also offers links to blogs written by both professionals and first-timers. Articles involving careers in the corrections field are also featured towards the bottom of the page.

Career pages like the one featured on Corrections.com are great first steps to take in order to get a feel for the corrections field. It also helps to talk to someone who has already been working in the field in order to get a personal account. There is a forum that has been started that specifically discusses getting into the corrections field. I recommend checking it out, it provides some useful insight.

Personally my goal is to become a journalist so for years I have immersed myself in magazines, newspapers, online literature, etc. It helps me to get a feel for what will be expected of me in the future. My personal advice to those looking to go into the field of corrections is to take a day and visit a place where you can see yourself working at in two or three years. Visit your county jail and take a peek inside to see just what the jobs really entail.

For those of you reading that have already found your way into the corrections field, please post any advice you might have for those looking to get into corrections. I’m sure it would be valued by students, employees, etc.

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