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Old 05-11-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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I am wondering about the probation officer career. I am pretty much a scrawny guy and I am wondering like the police academy if they train you to be built?

My major is Sociology and I am trying to decide if my emphasis should be in criminology or social services.

Criminology to be a probation offier and social services to be a case manager/social worker.

Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:39 AM
 
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I am wondering about the probation officer career. I am pretty much a scrawny guy and I am wondering like the police academy if they train you to be built?

Nope. A friend of mine is a deputy probation officer standing at 5'9" and coming in at 145lbs.


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My major is Sociology and I am trying to decide if my emphasis should be in criminology or social services.

Criminology to be a probation offier and social services to be a case manager/social worker.

Like many careers these days, it's all about who you know, not what you know. This same friend took a few classes in sociology and criminal justice but never finished college and somehow managed to get a job as a deputy probation officer.

As for getting a job in the public sector goes, you'll need a lot of luck. The government is broke, remember? Finding a job in the public sector is like finding a needle in a haystack.
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Old 05-14-2011, 01:01 AM
 
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Nope. A friend of mine is a deputy probation officer standing at 5'9" and coming in at 145lbs.





Like many careers these days, it's all about who you know, not what you know. This same friend took a few classes in sociology and criminal justice but never finished college and somehow managed to get a job as a deputy probation officer.

As for getting a job in the public sector goes, you'll need a lot of luck. The government is broke, remember? Finding a job in the public sector is like finding a needle in a haystack.
Woah. He has the same height and weight of me!

Yeah, I plan that when I graduate college that things will be better and if not I will wait it out. I have a Plan A, B, and C.
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Old 05-14-2011, 05:47 AM
 
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Woah. He has the same height and weight of me!

Yeah, I plan that when I graduate college that things will be better and if not I will wait it out. I have a Plan A, B, and C.

So what is your plan-honestly I would make criminology my minor and get a degree that isn't so specific-like Business Administration
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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This is the third thread that the city has started in regard to picking a career based on a major. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the majority of people out there don't end up in careers where they major in.

You can wish and hope away a bad economy, but the reality is it most likely isn't going to be where it was in 1998 by the time you graduate from college. Take the time you are in college to find something you are passionate about so you can take that passion and show future employers that you care about what you do. If you just choose a career based on the number openings and you are nowhere near passionate about the position you are going to have a miserable career and life.

Also, I know we've had some conversations about the social work field. I'm in the middle of a job hunt in Texas right now. I know the California market is a bit different, but just for some perspective - I have asked how many applicants hiring managers have gotten when interviews have been going well and they have consistently said roughly 80 and they have usually called about 15 people for those positions. So, seeing 3-4 positions on a job board is nothing.

Again, you're what? 19-20? It's summer or you're finishing up finals...get a summer job at a camp or a non-profit so you pad your resume with some good doer stuff and go back to school next semester and have fun. Don't stress about where you'll be when you graduate. That's what senior year is about.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:45 AM
 
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I thought you were 100% set on going into social work?
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:26 AM
 
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I thought you were 100% set on going into social work?
Social work is Plan A and im working on Plan B and Plan C.
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Old 05-15-2011, 02:38 AM
 
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Social Work pays awful. Probation Officer is not like a regular officer. You don't have to deal with the same academy since I'm pretty sure they aren't required to carry a firearm or have the duty to protect/kill.

Hopefully, by the time you are done with school the government rebounds a bit because both are government jobs for the most part.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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Social Work pays awful. Probation Officer is not like a regular officer. You don't have to deal with the same academy since I'm pretty sure they aren't required to carry a firearm or have the duty to protect/kill.

Hopefully, by the time you are done with school the government rebounds a bit because both are government jobs for the most part.

You are thinking of Parole officer-probation officers don't carry guns as you are working with non violent offenders (people who are convicted of DUI's shoftlifting etc).
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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Social work is Plan A and im working on Plan B and Plan C.
Life usually doesn't work according to plan. Even if you try as hard as you want. Just sayin'.
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