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  • #31
    Originally posted by craftspace234 View Post
    I have heard from several people that a CJ degree is nearly useless and that I should go for a different degree that can open more doors for more if law enforcement doesn't work out. Since apparently police academies don't care what kind of degree you have. Problem is, I am not interested in anything else. All I ever wanted to do was become a cop and detective eventually. So criminal justice was the only thing on my mind. To get a bachelors degree in cj.

    So my questions are:

    1.) Is it truly useless getting a degree in criminal justice? Would you recommend getting one?

    2.) What other degree can I go for that are similar but can open more doors for me? Maybe business?

    Thanks for any help. I am really stumped on what to do with my life...

    1. Criminal Justice degrees are not usless at all, in fact they're extremely versatile. If I wasn't in investigations I would be working in Healthcare....lol...yeah as long as you can sell it, you could pull it off like I nearly did.


    2. Study what you like...when you go to apply for jobs here's a hint, look for the job announcements buzzwords and then litter your resume and cover letter with these buzz words. This will increase your chances significantly unless they specify what education/qualification they're looking for.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by mhightower View Post
      1. Criminal Justice degrees are not usless at all, in fact they're extremely versatile. If I wasn't in investigations I would be working in Healthcare....lol...yeah as long as you can sell it, you could pull it off like I nearly did.


      2. Study what you like...when you go to apply for jobs here's a hint, look for the job announcements buzzwords and then litter your resume and cover letter with these buzz words. This will increase your chances significantly unless they specify what education/qualification they're looking for.
      Unless you are LE, you are not supposed to reply to other people's threads in Ask a Cop.

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      • #33
        Best undergrad degree, (as far as breadth of usefulness): Business.
        Best post-grad/professional degree, (as far as breadth of usefulness): Law

        Even running a drag show-revue on Friday nights at your local Blue Oyster bar is a business, just as running a police agency is a business. And there is a field of law for EVERY thing, whether it's internet law, contracts, maritime, personal injury, patents/trademarks, international, etc.
        "It's a game of cat and mouse. It's a game of hide and seek. Albeit games with deadly consequences. Like most games-the better you know the rules, the more likely you are to win."

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