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Crime and Policing: why the reality is better than TV

Guest posts

Faculty: Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Category: Social sciences and social care

13 April 2022

You might have good idea of what your future job in the criminal justice sector looks like. But the great news is that for a Criminology or Policing graduate the future might be better than you imagine…

Here’s why:

1) You’ll gain the most sought-after skills

As a social sciences student you’ll develop several skills that are valued by employers, including communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, research, negotiating and evaluating different points of view, and working independently and as part of a team. In fact these skills are becoming increasingly in demand as shown by the World Economic forum report and one reason is….

2) Jobs are changing

More and more jobs are becoming automated and COVID has accelerated the rate of automation. Many jobs won’t exist in the future – including accountants! But jobs that require a high level of human interaction and understanding won’t be automated. Crime is essentially human and needs human solutions. It needs you – not robots. And also….

3) Some of you will do jobs that don’t exist yet

Crime is always changing – think about cyber crime and the dark web. Those crimes didn’t exist 10 years ago but our course leader for Criminology and Policing Dr Christian Kemp is now lead investigator on a Home Office funded project advising on protecting business against cyber-crime.  But you’ll be equipped with skills you need so you can adapt your expertise to tackle the next new thing in crime. And perhaps most importantly…

3) Because you can make a difference

We’re all becoming more and more aware that we can – and have a responsibility to – make a difference in the world. If it’s one person, or one community or beyond that it then it is worth doing. And if you are motivated to make a difference that will always make you a more successful professional, a more productive employee, a better boss – a better person.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Marketing Team


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