Why Corrections? Reason 3 of 4: Dynamic Work Environments

Fast Paced Work Environment

On the DiscoverCorrections.com website, we present some reasons why you might want to consider a career in the correctional field.

In this 4-part blog series, we will elaborate on those reasons to demonstrate how corrections can satisfy the various requirements that job seekers may have for a potential career. Check out our previous posts in the series:

Why Corrections? Reason 1 of 4: Making a Difference
Why Corrections? Reason 2 of 4: Opportunities for Growth

Embark on a Career that Accommodates Your Desire for a Fast-Paced Work Environment

Do you abhor being bored at work? Do you prefer to be constantly challenged? Do you enjoy a fast-paced work environment? Do you like a work day that can vary from day to day? Do you look forward to the opportunity to develop new skills? Do you welcome the chance to respond to new challenges? Do you feel invigorated when you find solutions to new problems that arise?

If you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, it sounds like you prefer a fast-moving work environment that offers a challenge. If you are this type of worker, you may relish the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to perform under constantly changing circumstances. An individual who is highly adaptable will often flourish in situations and environments that may be overwhelming to others. Likewise, this type of worker is not suited to mundane and routine tasks and may become bored, listless, or discontent when placed in such work scenarios.

Corrections provides the unique opportunity to work in dynamic work environments that embody change. Inmates, probationers, and parolees come and go; emergency situations may arise; and laws, policies, and philosophical theory can vary over time. In corrections, change is to be anticipated and prepared for.

How Does a Career in Corrections Provide Dynamic Work Environments?

If you enjoy a challenge, a career in corrections can provide it. Many correctional roles involve numerous different moving parts. You are not only dealing with those who have been admitted into the criminal justice system due to their infractions, but also other employees in their respective roles. You may also be in contact with individuals outside your immediate organization, including those in other departments, the courts, district attorneys, community programs, other jurisdictions on various levels, accreditation, policy, and standards agencies, and even federal agencies, like ICE and DEA. When you work in corrections, you quickly develop a large network of contacts that may evolve over time.

Although correctional organizations rely heavily on procedures, policies, directives, schedules, and other means of establishing order on an ongoing basis, these methods may be altered over time. One must maintain flexibility when it comes to these changes, something that is easier for highly adaptable personalities.

Due to established procedures and highly trained staff, significant upheaval in institutional and community corrections settings is rare. However, correctional professionals, whether they are security staff or not, must remain vigilant to potential threats or suspicious activity. Sometimes institutional administration may feel the need to disrupt the typical schedule to put a facility on lockdown in order to conduct thorough cell searches. Or they may feel the need to provide a new type of training to adequately address security concerns.

Another type of change that can occur in a correctional setting is of a restructuring nature. It may involve changes in leadership, departmental changes, physical facility-related changes, or changes implemented due to directives from other organizations, whether the government, courts, or departmental headquarters.

How Can a Correctional Professional Benefit from Dynamic Work Environments?

High-energy work personalities will not settle for slow-paced or monotonous work environments. If you enjoy work scenarios that vary from day-to-day, corrections can provide you with the variety that you seek.

Working in an atmosphere that benefits your work style will allow you to demonstrate your level of knowledge, skill, and ability to troubleshoot. If you are a problem solver that does not back away from a challenging situation, you may find numerous opportunities to promote. New leaders are always needed in corrections. Due to countless opportunities to advance your career, there is never a reason to allow yourself to become bored.

Those that enjoy responding to unforeseen emergency situations might want to consider becoming a part of your organization’s STIU (Security Threat Intelligence Unit), ERU (Emergency Response Unit), or Fugitive Apprehension Unit. Timely and effective responses to emergency scenarios can provide opportunities for recognition, including written commendations that become part of your permanent personnel file, awards, and potential media attention.

Working in a dynamic environment provides plenty of chances to showcase your expertise and commitment to your career. Are you interested in a career that keeps boredom at bay? Could a career in corrections be a good fit for you?

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