Getting a position in corrections may be a good decision for those who want to work in the criminal justice field without having a degree but being successful in a corrections officer position may involve a few things including ensuring that you know all that there is to know about the position that you apply for and learning whether the job is a good fit for you and your personality.
A third thing to consider when applying for this type of job is what type of setting you want to work in. In regards to learning what type of setting you want to work in, this is an important aspect of learning whether a corrections job is a good fit for you.
Working in the prison system for a corrections officer often means that you will be working in some pretty extreme conditions especially in prison settings that require officers to work out doors or in crowded living spaces.
Determining whether the facility you apply to is a maximum or minimum security establishment may influence this aspect of the job heavily so this is why it is so important to ensure that you know all you can about the job that you are applying for before you accept a position with an establishment.
In addition to this it is important to learn about the requirements of a certain corrections job before applying if you want to be successful. Some requirements for many of the corrections officer jobs around the country including those in Montana require you to have a high school diploma of GED in addition to being at least 18 years or older to accept the job.
In addition to this many federal corrections centers may require you to acquire a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice before they can hire you because of the demands of the job in those types of settings. Getting a degree in the field may also benefit you even if it is not required for you to get because a formal education can help you to learn all you need to know about this type of job and others that are similar to it.
This way you can be flexible in your job search and apply to many different positions across the field or give yourself more opportunity to grow in the corrections department that you find yourself applying to. In fact a formal education in the field may be the best factor to determine your success in this job market based on what you can learn about the field.
In addition to seeking formal education in the field another way to be successful is by putting all of your effort into learning all you can at the training phase of becoming a corrections officer once hired. Training to become a corrections officer is an often long process that will teach you ,hands on, many of the skills necessary to survive in the field.
The training can take place at a private or government funded facility and can last up to 120 hours for many corrections positions. This training ensures that you can function in the job successfully by learning the proper techniques and communication skills necessary which is why doing your best to learn during this phase can only benefit you in the long run when it comes to being successful at the job.
Training in this field can be a tough process so it is necessary to prepare yourself for the rigorous trials that you will go through during this stage but if you put your mind to it and a lot of effort then you can be successful in training and in the job of a corrections officer.