Criminal Justice Schools: 4 Reasons You'll Make Out Like a Bandit
It's not always easy for working adults with a background or interest in law enforcement to know whether attending an online criminal justice school will work into their schedules.
For instance, they may already have a job. Would there be enough time for work and school? They may already have a responsibility to care for and/or provide for their family. Is it feasible to do both?
There are make-or-break factors (we've previously written about five) worth considering when making these decisions. At Grantham University, for instance, criminal justice students thrive in an online environment where they can pursue a degree while maintaining a busy lifestyle.
There are several advantages that accompany the decision to work an online criminal justice program into your schedule. Here are four reasons online criminal justice schools will put you in a position to make out like a bandit (and maybe catch a few along the way, too ... please excuse the corniness):
1. You'll be due for a raise and/or promotion.
Not only does a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice arm you with a knowledge of the theories and practices of crime, but the practical experience gained along the way will put you in a great position to launch your career.
There are many paths within CJ to consider: law enforcement, corrections, investigation, legal/courts and more. The more targeted your field, the better.
2. You're used to the discipline required to succeed.
For former military members: Think about the amount of discipline required to carry out the mission of your team/squad/platoon. You stay true to your mission in order to protect people's lives. Imagine the weight those words could carry in an interview after earning a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and applying for a related career field.
For adult learners: Think about the amount of discipline required to effectively balance school, work and family priorities. On that aforementioned interview, imagine explaining to a hiring manager about striking that delicate balance on a daily basis, and how those efforts could translate to your Criminal Justice field of choice.
3. You're in above-average physical shape.
Physical activity is often a primary component of the job for CJ professionals in corrections or law enforcement. Former military members who were required to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test are familiar with having to be in good physical shape to carry out their mission. This would translate well to numerous CJ careers.
4. You take pride in serving your country.
Former military members who made the decision to represent their country and protect American freedom should make a smooth transition to protecting laws and rights after earning a CJ degree.
Remember these pointers when you're completing your Criminal Justice degree program, and when you're interviewing for a CJ career. The combination of attending an online criminal justice school and prior work experience will be your primary assets as you launch your professional career.
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About the author: Eric Sorrentino joined Grantham University as Social Media Manager in October 2011. Prior to that, he blogged about Big 12 Conference athletics for KUsports.com and was a sports copy editor for the Lawrence Journal-World. Eric received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.