by Ian D Scofield
Every department has people who truly enjoy law enforcement, they also have those who consider their duty just a job. No matter who you are and what career you have, there is a point when you start to fade. You either lose interest in what you are doing or it becomes the same old, same old. When you start feeling this it is a sign that you need to revitalize your law enforcement career.
How do you know when you need to do something about your career? You need to look for the signs. Today we are going to look over the signs that it is time to revitalize your career.
No matter how much you love your job, there are days when you don’t want to go into work. This is just how life is, it is called work, not fun after all. It is a different story when you start wanting everyday to be a sick day and you find reasons not to go into work. If you are looking for a reason not to go into work everyday (or most days), it is time to find something to give your career a new kick.
Most of us hate busy work. Having to wash the car or do extra training. On the other hand, there is a point in many people’s careers when they start looking for this busy work so that they don’t have to handle calls. Do you find yourself one of these people who is often looking for busy work? Then you are probably in need of something to give you an extra gitty up in your step.
As we age we tend to resent the fact that we get older while we see younger and younger officers start to join the force. It isn’t uncommon to start feeling like you are being replaced so you start to get upset with newer, younger officers. This is definitely a sign that something needs to be done to make you feel like you belong in your career.
Departments often have that one guy who is never in a good mood and likes to complain. You never want to be that guy, they often annoy everyone and become taxing on morale. An officer who thinks he is normally in a good mood who starts getting asked why he is in a good mood, might need to start finding ways to enhance his career. It is often a sign that something is taxing on you.
Goals help to give you something to drive towards. On multiple occasions we have talked about how important goals are on the APTI website. You might need to revitalize your career if you find yourself without goals. This is especially true if your performance review mentions that you need to find goals for yourself.
You can find these signs in just about any career. They don’t have to be law enforcement specific. If you find yourself noticing any of these signs, or others, it is time to do something about it. Revitalizing your career can help to make it enjoyable once more. Having more than one of these signs present is an immediate warning signal that it is time to do something about your career.
What do you do when you notice these signs? How do you revitalize your career? We are going to cover some of the best ways to revitalize your career in the next APTI blog post. No matter how old or young you are, you will find yourself feeling better at work. It will also help to portray you with a better image.
As always, stay safe out there.
About The Author:
Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer. At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content. Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.
Did you just get a job as a law enforcement officer or are you trying to get one?
Law enforcement is a very rewarding career, one that can enhance your life and benefit you greatly. Preparing for a job in law enforcement shares some similarities to other careers. At the same time it has unique challenges to overcome.
Let’s take a moment to examine how you can prepare for a job as a law enforcement officer.