Criminology in the ProfessionsCareer plan for life after criminology:This should be in three sections of around 500 words each, although it is acceptablefor the word limits on these sections to be slightly different, as long as the total limitdoes not exceed 1500 words. The sections include an informed personal reflectionentitled: • Where am I now?’ • Where do I want to be?’ (In the short and long term if applicable). • How will I get there’?1500 words.Important note:This is a proper ‘informed’ piece of academic work and means that you must useexternal sources to inform your discussions. Tutors expect to see a reasonablebibliography that specifically relates to your work; otherwise you will be indanger of failing this assignment. It is acceptable that many of the sources arelikely to be from the internet, but you do need to make sure that you believethem to be valid.If, for instance you want to be a teacher, then you should look at sources like thegraduate teaching sites as well as government policy on Education, so that you knowwhat you are letting yourself in for both financially, socially and politically. Forteaching you also need to find out what sort of course you can do from your degree asthis can be limited and you would need to identify what the courses are looking for interms of skills, competences and experience, so that you would be successful in yourapplication.For all of you it is also important to look at what careers sites such as our own or theprospects website say about work or courses that you are interested in. It might be inthe short term that professions are simply not recruiting at the moment, so you mayneed to think about planning in the short and long term, to get where you want.Theoretical underpinnings are also important, with the best plans reflecting on thingslike career anchors, managerialism, organisational culture, as well as the politicalcontext of any profession. These things are all very relevant, because all careers,courses, training and other potential plans are directly affected by the socio-economicand political context of the country. Knowing this means that you can be realisticabout how to achieve what you want, and what you are going to have to do to realiseyour ambitions.If you haven’t got a clue what to do, or want to travel, volunteer or even start yourown business, it is just as important to plan your future. So called ‘gap years’ are bestwhen they have been planned effectively and there are lots of organisations offeringhelp with this type of experience, but you need to be careful about which are genuineand offer you good (safe) placements, advice and support etc. Not knowing what todo is very common, in fact around a quarter of last years students, didn’t know what
Criminology in the Professionsthey wanted to do. It helps however if you know where you can get information orhelp from, or what sort of things are actually out there. Even coming to someconclusions about what you don’t want to do is a valuable lesson learnt!Post graduate study is a good option for some people, but you will need to identifyboth what courses you might be interested in and how you might finance this. Somecourses expect you to have particular competences or grades, and most will havedeadlines for applications.Even if you just want to go and do ‘any job’ to get some money together whilst youthink about the future, planning this can make the difference between obtaining workor not given the current political circumstances. You will often find that the ‘any job’type of job has management potential for those who want it, but it’s about knowingwhat is available on any particular organisation.So… • Where am I now could include a reflection on your current skills base, including analysing the skills and competences that you are gaining from your degree, other education experiences of note as well as work experience, volunteering, and other skills/interests etc. Useful sources could be module and degree descriptors from the university sites, internet sites or other discourses for any organisation that you have worked or volunteered for; the careers@lincoln site; sports and recreation sites etc. • The where do I want to be could look at jobs, post grad education, volunteering, travelling, starting a business, training, or even, where can I get inspiration/information about what might be available if you haven’t a clue. Use could be made of reflective techniques such as ‘career anchors’ or a DOTS analysis which might help you come to some conclusions about what you are interested in doing. You should make a career planning interview with our careers professionals and get them to help you do this, and you might want to look at both long and short term plans. The main issue here is to look at what there is out there, think about what might appeal to you and what these opportunities require in terms of competences. Useful sources would include websites from specific organisations, professions and educational institutes; academic sources on specific organisations, or services eg Police, Prisons, education, public sector; academic sources on theoretical, socio-economic and political issues such as organisational cultures, managerialism, performance indicators; conservativism, neo-liberalism, government policy etc; career planning tools such as ‘career anchors’ etc. • The How do I get there is about matching the skills that you have identified to the plans that you are developing. In this section you will be expected to both identify what competences and experiences you have that the organisations you are interested in require, and if you dont have the required skills and competences, how are going to develop these. Useful sources again would be a mix of those stated in the first two sections.