What path did you take to your current career, were there other jobs along the way?
I first worked for the Sheriff's Office doing bookings (arrest information, records checks, inmate pictures, fingerprinting and identity verification. (worked here for 1.5 years). During this, I began volunteering with Probation (6 months), and then for a Pretrial Services Agency (2 years). I've been at my current job for 5 years.
What is your typical work day like?
Monitoring compliance of conditions placed on those released from jail during their pending cases. I spend time in my office seeing clients for their weekly check-ins, at the jail interviewing newly arrested inmaes, and in court providing information to the judicial staff to aid in making bond decisions.
How did your liberal arts education at UW-Eau Claire help prepare you for your career?
My education allowed for greater professionalism, concrete decision making, and forward-thinking approaches. I believe this has led to the successful career I am making.
Is there something more you wish you would have done in college to prepare for your career?
I always have wished I would have studied abroad and ran for student senate. In my current job I am a part of a state board that oversees pretrial justice issues. Through this leadership opportunity I have developed a passion for increasing awareness in this often unknown area of criminal justice.
What advice do you have for UW-Eau Claire students to become successful in their own careers?
During college, get involved. There are so many opportunities to take part in: clubs, groups, leadership, events. These all allow you to see the bigger picture of the college experience. Make your time at UW-Eau Claire something that you will miss every day after you graduate! Perseverance is KEY! I didn't get the job I wanted right out of college. A college degree does not make you the first choice for your dream job. Take whatever relevant experience you can. Do an internship, volunteer, work in your field and make your move onward and upward!