A panel of community professionals recently visited the School of Justice Studies Ocala campus to participate in an interactive and engaging discussion about students’ future career options. Panelists were from the Department of Children and Family Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Federal Department of Corrections, a local bail bondsman and a paralegal.
The event was well attended with over 40 students, faculty, staff and community members all participating in the event. The panel answered guided questions, as well as questions from students. The questions ranged from what they like most about their profession, to what is the best way to apply for a position within their agency. The panel members each had a chance to answer questions, as well as make comments and suggestions to the students.
There were many key takeaways for the students from the event. Students learned it is important:
- To be truthful during the application process, especially if they have something negative in their background as it pertains to their criminal record, or any acts of moral aptitude.
- To understand their credit score may prevent them from receiving an employment offer, especially in the justice studies field.
- To utilize their externship to their benefit since it’s an opportunity for them to get a feel of what they would like to do once they’ve graduated and are entering the field of justice studies.
Panel discussions will continue to be welcomed on campuses as it is a great opportunity for students to meet with professionals in their field of interest and ask questions that have been on their minds. It also allows the students to gain insider knowledge about their program, and tips to put on their radar when applying to jobs. Stay tuned for upcoming panel discussions at a campus near you.