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05-21-06, 03:54 PM #1Rookie
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Contemplating a career change.
I have been trying to decide what to do for some time now. I currently work in construction, but I have been thinking about applying to some local depts. My only concern is that I wont have enough time for my family, specifically my son. I always hear officers talk about how difficult it is to have a family life. Between working weekends, holidays, court time, training classes, and the actual shifts(which I hear dont always end at the time they are suppose to), is there anytime left for family?
I feel a strong calling to do this, but at the same time I would be giving up a great job and, again the whole family issues bother me.
Thanks for any advice
05-21-06, 04:51 PM #2Originally Posted by JMJ
You say that you have a strong calling, then go for it! If you don't try you will always second guess yourself and always wonder. If you go for it what is the worst that could happen? You could end up doing a job that you love (like I am officer of 8 years). Or you will hate it and go back to construction. In the end this is a choice better made by you and your family not by strangers on LEF!
Good Luck and God Bless!
05-21-06, 04:54 PM #3Originally Posted by JMJ
Talk it over with your family and see what they think. Because as the admin person as my academy said, this job does not just change the life of the person doing the job it also changes the life of the family.
Good luck in whatever you decide.Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
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05-22-06, 03:36 PM #4
There's no doubt that sometimes the hours are the hardest part of the job. My family has learned to celebrate birthdays and holidays at different times so that we can all be together. You'll plan your days off a long time in advance. A supportive family is a MUST. Take a ride-a-long and see what you think.
05-22-06, 05:35 PM #5
I had the same thoughts when my son was born but i decided i would enjoy having a job my son could be proud of me for doing everyday ( not that your isnt).
In the first day of the academy my instructor really had think about being a police officer and the hour we work and the dangerous elements we encounter and how are family would feel about.
05-23-06, 02:37 AM #6GrasshopperVerified LEO
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Life is hard no matter what. But... do you want life to be filled with regret, too? Nah, go for the gold. Or silver. Whatever they might be sporting there. Family is a huge support and it can be tough, but so worth it, too.
05-23-06, 05:08 AM #7Originally Posted by conalabuMANNNNN.... YOU MUST BE FAST, BECAUSE I WAS HAULIN ASS WHEN I PASSED YOU!
05-23-06, 05:46 AM #8
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05-23-06, 11:47 AM #9GrasshopperVerified LEO
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My wife is fantastic about my job, but I do know guys that don't have that luxury. Makes life tough. Everything comes back to "the job". If you, like I did and it seems JMJ does, have a real desire to be in this job, then nothing else will do it. You can sugar coat it all you want, but the reality is this job is like no other. You can not possibly compare it to anything else or prep someone for what it is going to be like. Every situation is different like every call is dangerous. You never know when your number is up.
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