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By Holli Vah Seliskar, Assistant Academic ChairKaplan University, Public Safety Program
I never intended to be an academic.
I envisioned myself becoming an attorney, a parole officer, or a probation
officer throughout my undergraduate program. As my life changed, and took the
twists and turns that life so often does, I found myself teaching for Kaplan
University’s School of Criminal Justice after I completed my graduate degree.
Obtaining this position took time and dedication. I followed up with
colleagues, networked with professors, and was eventually offered a teaching
Fast forward 10 years, and I am now
an assistant department chair in the School of Public Safety at Kaplan
University. I’m also a doctoral candidate, with only my doctoral dissertation
left to write. The path was neither easy nor smooth, but it was well worth the
sacrifices, time, and dedicated efforts made to achieve the position I have
reached. I still have a few steps to go to reach my ultimate career goals, but
I will get there, and so can you.
Here are some things to keep in mind
as you consider advancement in your desired profession:
Reaching your goals takes endurance,
perseverance, and dedication. Success is a journey, as is receiving the
promotion or advancement in your respective career path. As in many
professions, advancement in a law enforcement career or a career in the
correctional field can be extremely competitive and may leave potential
candidates feeling as though they may never reach their dream job. However, if
you keep your goals in mind, you have the potential to not only obtain your
dream job, but can also be successful in achieving that dream promotion.
Best wishes to you in your
professional endeavors. Remember to stay the course; it will be worth it in the
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Masterson, M. (2015). Notablespeech: Serve with courage and respect. Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] Law Enforcement Bulletin. Retrieved fromhttp://leb.fbi.gov/2015/january/notable-speech-serve-with-courage-and-respect?utm_campaign=email-Immediate&utm_content=390845
Holli Vah Seliskar is a faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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