Explore Careers in Criminal Justice

Three uniformed officers stand in the squad room.

This year, the Criminal Justice Career Fair will extend into a weeklong event, with daily speakers from different aspects of the field, including law enforcement, forensic science, victim services, legal services, graduate studies and career services.

Young male college student carrying an armful of books. “This program will allow students to explore the many different careers available within the Criminal Justice field,” said Fabia Mendez, the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator for the College of Criminal Justice.

The highlight of the week will be the Criminal Justice Career Fair, where students and alumni will get a chance to meet face to face with dozen of recruiters from criminal justice agencies. The fair will be held in the Ballroom of the Lowman Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 7. Don’t forget to dress professionally and have copies of your resume ready. Employers from all fields in criminal justice will be there to talk and potentially set up interviews with our undergraduates.

a young woman involved in a counseling session. To prepare for this important week, Real Talk w/CJ will feature a Resume and Interview Workshop on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in the CJava Café. Internship Coordinator Dr. Jim Dozier will discuss emerging career opportunities and preparing for a job interview, while Michelle Meers of SHSU Career Services will talk about new trends in the employment field, including online applications, applicant tracking software and social media reviews.

During CJ Career Week, on Monday, March 5 from 3 to 4 p.m., the College of Criminal Justice and the Office of Graduate Studies at SHSU are sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Donald Martin, a national speaker and author, on navigating into graduate school. Dr. Martin’s book, A Road Map to Graduate Study: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students will also be on sale for $10.00 after his talk.

A crime scene investigator works at a crime scene.Also on Monday, from 4 to 5 p.m., SHSU Career Services will present a program on Interviewing Job Skill, which is the “soft skills” of personal conduct and the ability to put others at ease. Greg Monteilh of SHSU Career Services will discuss such skills as proper introduction and responses, tips for remembering names, handshakes, eye contact and body language.

On Tuesday, March 6th, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., representatives from the victim services field will provide brief presentations about careers and opportunities in this area. Scheduled speakers include representatives from the Kenda Crist of SAAFE House, Janice Sager of TDCJ Victim Services and Beth Malak of the Walker County District Attorney's Office.

Also from 3:30 to 5 p.m., representatives from the forensic science field will present information about their careers. Speakers include Celestina Rossi, a Crime Scene Investigator from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Firearms Examiner Shane Windsor of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Agents Rossi and Windsor will talk about the skills and education needed for forensic science jobs and how to get them.

Female attorney presents evidence to the jury On Thursday, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Criminal Justice Courtroom, speakers will discuss careers in the legal field. Speakers will include Defense Attorney Gilbert Garcia, William Savoie of Habern, O'Neil & Pawgan and Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon.

At the same time, in the Upper Auditorium, Conroe Police Chief Philip Dupuis and Officers Kevin Hansford and Candy sherbenou from the SHSU University Police Department will discuss careers in law enforcement and provide advice and information about employment for local, state, and federal agencies.

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