By: Keyunna Singleton Staff Writer
On May 28, 2014 John Jay’s commencement will launch criminal justice seniors into the career world, but will they be prepared for it?
Joseph Giacalone, adjunct professor of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay, suggests that students are not prepared because they are not fully aware of the process. “Many don’t understand it’s a big administrative task to get all the paper work done.”
Giacalone held several prestigious positions while serving the NYPD for 20 years. His extensive knowledge on criminal investigations and cold cases has made him highly sought after by the media. Now, one of his main concerns is making sure that John Jay students, especially criminal justice majors, are prepared for what comes next.
The waiting list to join the police force is so long that it can take years for an applicant’s name to be called. For Giacalone, the best way to use the waiting period properly is for students to create a plan.
Within that plan, he often mentions, “Choose your friends wisely.” He added, “You’re responsible for your Facebook, even if it’s a post that someone else writes.”
Mehdi Mahorai, a senior Public Administration Major, says, “My social media is safe.” For others there is a pressing uncertainty that comes from not knowing what potential employers will see or think.
Although going through your social media and deleting any incriminating media may seem tempting, doing that is the equivalent of “throwing bleach on a crime scene,” Giacalone said.
There are several sites that employers use to do Internet background check. To see what employers see, check out http:// www.spokeo.com.
It is also important to stay physically fit when applying for a government job. Many positions require recruiters to perform athletically within an allotted amount of time. “Physical fitness is important. The better prepared you are the easier a time you’re going to have in the academy, Giacalone said.
Careers in government are in high demand, because of the benefits and security they offer. When applying for government jobs make sure to meet all of the deadlines and the proper paper work is available. It’s best to make copies of everything needed, in case something gets lost in the process.
Antolina Garcia contributed reporting for this article.