Career Connection Events in Sociology & Criminology
In the Fall of 2017, the Sociology & Criminology department developed a Career Connection Series through which current students have the opportunity to learn about prospective careers. These events consist of panel discussions with professionals in the field and career development workshops often in partnership with WKU's Advising and Career Development Center. The following are highlights of this work.
- Women in Justice Professions event hosted Nov, 2019. This event brought 24 women working in Victim Advocacy, Law Enforcement, the Court System, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, and organizations assisting fragile families. These professionals provided career advice to over 60 students in a networking style event.
- Panel Discussion with Case Managers. In the spring of 2018, students had the opportunity to hear about the diversity of jobs involving case management. Representatives from non-profit organizations serving fragile families, our local mental and behavioral health organization Lifeskills, Court Designated Workers within the Juvenile Justice System, and officers with Probation and Parole.
- Municipal & Federal Law Enforcement panel discussion. Given the high number of departmental students interested in careers in law enforcement, we offer a discussion with a panel of law enforcement professionals each year—alternating between municipal and federal. Many students follow up these initial contacts by becoming cadets with these organizations or applying to complete internships with them.
- Panel Discussion with Re-entry Professionals. In the fall of 2018, students had the opportunity to engage with experts from a variety of career fields which work with offenders re-entering the community after a period of institutionalization. Speakers from the Warren County Jail, Probation & Parole, and Lifeskills explained their role in the process and the resources they provide.
- In the Spring of 2019, Victim Advocates came to speak with students, also through a panel-style discussion. Representatives from the Barren River Area Safe Space, Hope Harbor, Bowling Green Police Department, and Lifeskills took questions from the audience after telling the story of their organization’s involvement with Victim Advocacy.
- Career Workshops on resume building and interview techniques are also offered in partnership with the Career Development Center.
Beginning in the Fall of 2019, our Peer Mentors became an equal partner in identifying and scheduling these events, ensuring student interests matched departmental programming in this area.