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Is my age/ lack of degree a problem?

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Posted about 7 years ago

 

I have a few questions for you guys. First off, I'm a 21 year-old male living in Seattle. I'm 30 credits away from my C.J. A.A. I've applied for many agencies in the area via Publicsafetytesting.com. I recently made it all the way up to the chief's interview for the city of Kent. Needless to say, I wasn't offered employment (hence this post). The chief said that my age and lack of degree were problems but that I should try again next year. Just two weeks ago I interviewed with King County. I passed the board with a score of 86% and am moving on to the personal history portion. I'm turning 22 on the 30th. Being that I made it as far as I did with Kent, should I continue the hiring process? Or, should I drop out and finish school? I'd greatly appreciate the advice of any officers involved in hiring or recruitment with their respective departments. I'm tired of waiting and want to get started as soon as I can.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Don't give up...I must had applied to more than a dozen agencies. You have make yourself familiar to the agencies mission and crime stats. That really helps. So don't give up

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I guess I just don't understand how I made it as far as I did when the department I was interviewing with knew my educational level and age from the start. I'm an avid weight lifter and runner so I'm in great shape. Additionally, the program I was in was heavily vocational, so I think I have more experience than most at my age. I've been told that passing the oral board, background and polygraph are the hardest parts. I passed those with flying colors and appear to be poised to do the same again. I'm just afraid to get that far and be refused again.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

In this profession you have to develop thick skin, don't ever let anyone discourage you. LEO NEVER GIVE UP, your always in the fight, always. Press on!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Thank you sir I appreciate it. I would've joined the corps myself but the recruiters turned me down due to chronic acid reflux. I sure would have enjoyed the vet's preference.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

JoeyFive O is right. NEVER GIVE UP!! It sounds like you have the determination...just don't let it get you down when you don't get the job. Trust me, it will happen! The right one for you just hasn't happened yet! Good luck!

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Dude, I'm 22 and in the academy as I write this. I got my Associate's in general education (although after graduating the academy I'm going to switch that over to criminal justice since I'll have more than enough units for it), and for the past year before the academy worked as a truck driver (28ft bobtail truck). I'd applied to multiple departments, was disqualified by two, and in the process with three at the time of my hiring. If they like you...if they see a good candidate...if they want you badly enough they'll take you. If not keep applying and finish up your degree.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

kjptransformer said:

I guess I just don't understand how I made it as far as I did when the department I was interviewing with knew my educational level and age from the start. I'm an avid weight lifter and runner so I'm in great shape. Additionally, the program I was in was heavily vocational, so I think I have more experience than most at my age. I've been told that passing the oral board, background and polygraph are the hardest parts. I passed those with flying colors and appear to be poised to do the same again. I'm just afraid to get that far and be refused again.

Man that was a bunch of crap. It sounds to me like what we call here "the good 'ol boy" system. Age has been a concern in many applications but not usually because you To young. Check around with some other agencies and their policies. In reality that was age discrimination.

Recruit: Your a grown man but If I had it to do over, I would have gotten my degree in something other than CJ. As long as you have a degree, It doesn't matter what it's in. I wish I would have gotten something in teaching and/or coaching. Again, do what you feel you must, just some thoughts that I'd liked to have considered.

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Rate This | Posted about 7 years ago

 

Hey Knight, thanks for the input. What I actually meant by switching it over to CJ was this: we earn college credits while in the academy, and so if you have a certain number of classes already you can get an Associate's Degree in CJ. I already have my AA in GenEd, but as soon as I graduate from the academy I'm going to apply for the AS in CJ. That way I'll have a major in some other field (not CJ) with a minor in CJ. Hope that makes sense...but again, thanks for the input.