Kathryn Tell us about your work---what do you do?
I meet with probation clients who have been convicted of felony or misdemeanor charge or who have been convicted in juvenile court. I make referrals to agencies that can help them and meet with referral agencies. I testify in court hearings , conduct investigations for the court, and handle paperwork. What skills are needed?
You need great written and oral communication skills , patience and objectivity . What was your major?
Criminal justice major with an English minor. How did you get started in your career?
I had an internship in a medium/minimum security prison . I sent resumes everywhere and was willing to relocate to the "sticks!" What experience do you need in this job?
You definitely need to start with an internship, preferably in probation or court services. Describe your "typical" workday.
I meet with clients and make referrals for drug and alcohol treatment, counseling, parenting classes, etc. I work with those agencies and complete tons of paperwork. What is the hardest aspect of your job?
Seeing someone "stuck"---watching defendants play victim and not make an effort to help themselves. What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Seeing people make positive changes in their own lives. What are your suggestions for someone considering this field?
Take as many composition courses are you can! You will spend the majority of your time doing some form of documentation.