Monday, December 19, 2011

2 ways to start or advance your career in the public sector

If you want to break into the public sector, or if you want to advance your career within this industry, you've probably realized that education is fundamental to achieving your goals. Government, nonprofit, military, and other public sector employers are increasingly requiring bachelor's and master's degrees, depending on the level of the position you're pursuing.

This was the topic at hand for a recent presentation I gave at the Connecticut Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates held in Branford, Conn., with my colleague, Scott Flebotte, Academic Program Manager for Criminal Justice. I'm a graduate of the FBI National Academy myself and a former deputy police chief, and Scott is the retired Acting Chief of the Granville Police Department in Massachusetts. We attend these kind of meetings to follow current issues in policing.

This time around, Scott and I took the floor to present to several dozen professionals from police departments around Connecticut. We discussed the two programs we head at Post University to help aspiring and current public sector professionals obtain the position they want in their field. Scott went over our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, and I unfolded our Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program.

Here are our slides from our presentation, which outline some of the basic information about credits, courses, costs, and more.


Scott and I led the development of the respective programs we head. Much of our thinking behind them is based on our own experiences in the public sector, and the knowledge and skills we see enabling employees to succeed in their careers.

Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is built on understanding how the criminal justice and juvenile justice system operate, the legal framework within which the justice system operates, and the concepts of ethics and professionalism required in the criminal justice field. It prepares students to enter careers as federal agents, state troopers, police officers, probation and parole officers, corporate security, correctional counselors, officers, and professional staff.

In my experience, I've seen firsthand how important management, organizational, and financial skills are for supervisors and mid-level managers who want to advance into senior and executive management positions. That's why our MPA program has a strong business core. About half of the curriculum overlaps with our MBA program to help students improve their executive administration skills and make an immediate difference in their organizations.

That's just a primer on these two programs and how you can use your degree to enter or advance within the public sector. Also see our website for more details on Post University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program and MPA program. You also can learn more about our MPA program by reading a recent article that appeared on GovPro.com. If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to leave a comment here.