If you’re an Arkansas resident who began coursework in the field of criminal justice but who was unable to continue for any reason, then you should know that there is no better time than right now to consider going back to school and completing your education or training.

Jobs within the field are constantly opening up, and employees are enjoying great pay, excellent benefits, and high job security, even in these difficult economic times. There are many factors to consider when continuing your education, but if you follow our tips, what you will need to do should become clear.

First of all, take a look at what you were getting your degree or your training in. Oftentimes, people’s career goals and aspirations change with time, so spend some time honestly assessing whether or not you are still interested in the same type of work or whether your goals have changed.

If you are interested in a different area, look to see whether your coursework overlaps and any credits earned previously may still be of use to you, or whether you may have to start over from scratch with your education. In some cases, this may vary depending upon your previous institution and your new institution.

Also, take into consideration the kind of training program you were enrolled in and its rules. Some training programs require those who quit or who do not complete the program to reenroll and start over. If this is the case, then you will have no choice but to repeat the coursework you have already done.

You might also think about how much time has passed since your education. If it has been much longer than five or six years, it may be in your best interest to start over, due to all of the changes and developments constantly happening within the field.

When it comes to transferring previously earned credit, a lot depends upon your institution and the institution from which you earned the credits. Sometimes, even if you attend the same institution, your credits may no longer be valid, particularly if the program requirements have been changed.

The best advice is to speak to an admissions counselor at the school you plan to attend. There, you can go over your transcripts and determine what can be transferred for credit and what cannot. Typically, most people will have to repeat some credits due to differing requirements.

No matter where you find yourself as you consider continuing your education, do not become discouraged. Even if you do have to repeat some, the majority of, or even all of your coursework, none of that will likely matter when you are finally doing the job you have always dreamed of.

If you stay well researched on the field and try out all of your options, however, then it is much more likely that you can get to your chosen career much more quickly and with a lot less extra work and repetition.