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Looking to Change Careers?

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

Changing careers is not an easy process for anyone. However, it’s something that many professionals—especially those in the military and public safety sectors—will go through at some point in their working life.

In the month of September, In Public Safety is dedicated to sharing first-hand accounts from public safety professionals about their experience making major career transitions. These authors have transitioned from careers in the military, law enforcement, corrections, and other public safety fields into careers in the private sector, intelligence community, academia, and more.

If you are considering changing careers and don’t know what to expect or how to start, these articles offer guidance, advice, and lessons learned. You will find that some of the authors had clear career goals and strategies, but many did not. Everyone had to work hard to identify opportunities, maintain strong professional networks, earn the appropriate degrees, and build their resumes.

Career transitions are rarely easy but, with hard work and an open mind, it is possible to achieve your career goals. Please feel free to comment on these articles or email individual authors with questions or requests for additional advice.

And, if you are an American Military University student or alumnus who is currently looking for new career opportunities, register for AMU’s Public Service Virtual Career Fair on Tuesday, September 22. This career fair will feature employers from public service organizations seeking candidates in criminal justice, security management, emergency and disaster management, and other related fields.

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Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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