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From College to Career enables readers to explore career choices and make informed career decisions. The book guides readers through critical thinking and reflection on career choices, and the activities in each chapter provide opportunities to personalize the learning experience.
Much of the content information focuses on what readers need to know to help them make decisions about their major and career, including a comparison of the three main career tracks--policing, courts, and corrections--and the role of politics in criminal justice professions, ethical choices, and the need for networking.
Features of From College to Career include:
1. The Heart of a Criminal Justice Professional.
Interests and Goals.
Desires and Values.
Strengths and Weaknesses.
Putting it All Together.
Activity 1.1a Why Did I Choose to Major in Criminal Justice?
Activity 1.1b What Do I Want to Do With My Degree?
Activity 1.2 Desires and Values.
Activity 1.3 An Analysis of Strengths and Weaknesses.
Activity 1.4 Putting It All Together.
2. What to Expect—Looking at Career Tracks.
Other Factors to Consider.
Activity 2.1 Exploring Resources.
3. Choosing a Career.
Goals and Specific Criminal Justice Positions—Looking for Fit.
Finding the Fit.
Activity 3 Making Decisions about Careers.
Activity 3.1 Career Decision Tree.
Activity 3.2 Career Decisions Essay.
Activity 3.3 Career Decisions—Job Announcements.
Activity 3.4 Job Announcement Essay.
Activity 3.5 Interview Questions.
Activity 3.6 Interview Activity.
Activity 3.7 Job Announcements and Interview Essay.
Activity 3.8 Task and Time Frame.
Activity 3.9 Goals Essay.
Activity 3.10 Wrap-Up Essay.
4. Making Yourself Marketable.
The Job Market.
While You Are a Student.
The Job Search.
Activity 4.1 Exploring Membership Options in Professional Organizations.
Activity 4.2 Conference Paper Abstract.
Activity 4.3 Campus Student Associations, Clubs, or Groups.
Activity 4.4 Academic Campus Events.
5. Back to the Basics: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Research.
While a Student.
In the Profession.
Activity 5.1 Curriculum Requirements as a Puzzle.
Activity 5.2 Pieces of the Future.
6. Let's Talk About Challenges.
Working for a Bureaucracy.
Working with Colleagues.
Working with the Public.
Activity 6.1 Government or Private Sector Employment.
Activity 6.2 Getting to “Know Yourself.”
7. Politics, Politics, Politics!
Politics and Employment in the Private Sector.
Activity 7.1 Elected Officials and Employment.
Activity 7.2 Hiring Trends.
Activity 7.3 Employment in the Private Sector.
8. There's Always a Need for Networking.
Networking for Career Opportunities.
Networking on the Job.
Networking with Professionals in Other Disciplines.
Activity 8.1 Network Chart.
Activity 8.2 Contacts in Network.
Ethics Defined in Context.
Personal Ethical Standards.
Scenarios—Dilemmas in Ethics.
Ethics and the Public's Perception.
Ethical Challenges to Be Faced.
Activity 9.1 Principles of Behavior.
Activity 9.2 Code of Ethics and Principles.
10. After Graduation—What Then?
Integration of Book Material.
Alternative Career Choices.
Expanding Career Potential.
Activity 10.1 Putting It All Together Once More.