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Asked by Russ on November 26, 2017

I have been a police officer for almost 6 years with two different departments, my first department was basically a foot in the door into the profession and "settled down" at my current department. With the recent birth of my son and the on-going politics of law enforcement, I am not as happy with this career as I once was. Not to mention, I can't bear the idea of something happening to me in the line of duty and not coming home to my wife and son. I have no college and did some IT work after high school, but it's been mostly random jobs and 6 years of law enforcement. If I were to leave for another field, what would my options be? I can't support my family on a low salary. Thank you for your time.

Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on November 28, 2017

Thank you for serving as a police officer and putting yourself out there everyday!  The job you are currently in has so many different facets to it that could translate into other careers.  The first one that comes to mind is Loss Prevention / Asset Protection, for a retailer.  Many companies have a very structured career path for this area of responsibility and your back ground would be a good match to where you may not have to start at the bottom and work your way up.  There are also groups out there for "organized retail crime" which could be of interest to you and again something you may enjoy, utilizing your current skill set.  The other career that you may want to explore is security management at large buildings/companies where again, your background could be a very big benefit for such a career change.  If you are looking to get out of this line of work all together, you should absolutely consider all of the transferable skills you have built and be prepared to speak to them; for example - team building, speak to working with a partner, a team, in both formally organized and unorganized assignments and Time management - having an assignment and monitoring your own time in getting projects accomplished.  Best of luck to you and hope you find exactly what you are looking for.

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Answered by Hector, Hiring Expert at Tenneco, on December 1, 2017

Happy Friday!

Our friends at GAP nailed it on the head.  There are some amazing opportunities in Assets Protection/Loss prevention.  While in one of those roles many employers will pay for your schooling which would open up many more opportunities for you. 

There are people management opportunities at your disposal also that could potentially take a candidate with no degree but that have demonstrated leadership capability.  Police officers have to be courageous, practice integrity, have difficult conversations, and gain buy in / engage a variety of different audiences.  

Having worked in both retail and manufacturing I have seen these types of roles and they are available.  I will caution you that it is becoming increasingly desirable that these leaders have a degree.  If you can afford to take advantage of some on-line courses and at least be enrolled that could help your resume's chances.  Similarly, leadership certifications could do the trick.  Your police department might even have a training budget as a long term plan.  

Thank you for protecting us!  

Thanks,
Hector Hernandez
Tenneco

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