/ Asked by Ellen
I have been working as a bank teller for a little over two years because I needed a paycheck. I have both a Bachelor's and Master's in Criminal Justice and attended the police academy (which I did not graduate from because I can't shoot a gun). I would now like to find a "career" that utilizes some aspect of my degree. I feel I should quite my full time job so I can devote my time and energy to pursuing a career. I still live at home. I am open to relocating. I would appreciate any/all suggestions/recommendations.
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, June 19, 2014
There are a myriad of career fields that you can choose from with a criminal justice degree that does not require you to be a police office or shoot a gun.  Criminal Justice degree holders often work in social service fields with local, state, &/or federal Job and Family Service organizations, they also work in hospital and clinic settings as a mental health counselor or specialist.  If you are interested in more of a business field CJ degree holders are often found in analyst and business intelligence roles.  If you are more focused on a peacekeeping type role then CJs can also be found working as prison guards, probation officers, and as security personnel.
Regarding the decision whether or not to quit your job and focus full time on finding a new career I would urge you to truly think about taking such a drastic step.  You are the only one who knows what is best for you, however, while you are looking for new employment you still have bills to pay and a life to live.  I would suggest taking some time to really review what you want out a career and the type of employment that you are most interested in and start pursuing options from there.  I think that it is also important to note that once you find the right role it may not be local and relocating is not cheap.  Best of luck in your future endeavors!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, June 23, 2014
Quitting your job is the last thing you should do. Employers like to see that you've been working - even if it's not in your field. It demonstrates you are getting experience. For you, you're gaining cash handling experience, dual control understanding, and probably robbery training. You really need to decide on what career you want and direct your energy there. There are many jobs in Criminal Justice that don't require you to be a police officer. Explore those avenues and be comfortable that you may start in an entry-level role.
Answered by Desiree, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, June 23, 2014
I understand how frustrating it can be when working on a totally different career from what you’ve studied. There’s no experience that you can get that cannot be transformed into what you actually need. Before taking any dramatic decisions, create an action plan. Ask yourself the right questions to establish a proper structure: What do you want to do, how can you achieve it, what tools do you need in order to get there and when do you want to see yourself in that position? Once you have answered all these questions you’ll be ready: This is your call to action and work yourself towards it.
Hope this helps
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