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Posted about 2 years ago

 

I am 20 years old and plan to apply when I finish school with an associates degree in crimnal justice next December. Is my degree going to make a difference?

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My associates degree has made a pretty good influence in my career. Its all in how you use what you know and how you come to terms with what you learn in the field. Remember that knowledge from a book and knowledge from experience is often two different things.


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It looks good on your resume when you are ready to take the next step and the CJ professors are usually either current or former LEOs, probation officers and knowing them can get your names out to various agencies. 


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A degree in anything will help. A criminal justice degree is good, but it can be used only for a few jobs. If you find that you don't like law enforcement, there is not much else you can do with your degree. I would get a degree in something else you may be interested in. It will help just as much as a criminal justice degree. Getting a bachelor's will open up even more opportunities for you. You are young. I would get the four year degree, and you'll finish at 24.

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I read your post wrong......I would transfer into a BA program after you get your degree in December. Every bit helps, college, military, clean background, work history, references, financial stability..... Being qualified for a job will get you an application. Exceeding qualifications will get you an interview. Many people want to be police officers, more than there is room for. You'll have to stand out in the crowd.

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Another thing I've thought about doing is that there is a college near me that would allow me to be POST certified in 3 months. It would still be on the road to me getting my degree but kinda of like a good bonus. Would that be good to do as well? 

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At the time of next December I would have an associates degree, a clean background, never have done drugs and never will, references from college professors, my manager at work, I will have worked for about 2 years. I'm not sure about credit history because I don't know if the stafford loan for school from the government affects you negatively.

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Go for your P.O.S.T. license. Kill two birds with one stone as your academy is good for college hours. Anything to put you a step above other applicants. Now your thinking. It does not matter what your degree is in overall. I worked with officers with degrees in art, history and music.

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In most agencies and Associates degree will give you a leg up for hiring and will help for promotion. If you intend on going higher in rank, then you will need to have started your undergrad and be showing progress towards finishing.

That having been said, it also depends on the agency. Some agency's do not require a degree to start, but many I have seen are moving towards that end. On a personal level it would be good to have it and work towards the undergrad. The rest is a roll of the dice and depends on the agency, but be honest about anything and everything. Good luck...

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The post thing like I said before will get me certified, but it'll also give me 22 hrs of college credit.

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Going off the OP comment about POST, is there any other classes, courses, or programs a civilian could do to give themselves a boost in the hiring process?

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uncledennis1 says ...



Go for your P.O.S.T. license. Kill two birds with one stone as your academy is good for college hours. Anything to put you a step above other applicants. Now your thinking. It does not matter what your degree is in overall. I worked with officers with degrees in art, history and music.


 


I agree wholeheartedly (my undergrad  degree is in French). POST certification will put you further along the path.