Originally Posted by luckylibra
I understand your struggle but perhaps you just have not gotten into the right part of the criminal justice "business" I have been in the criminal justice field for over 20 years as a juvenile probation officer and find baking and decorating as a great way to relax and unwind from the day. I feel like I have the best of both worlds, a recession proof job that allows me to, help keep the community safe, help people willing to make changes (I have been working with juvenile's this entire time) and still enjoy my free time doing something creative and totally unrelated. I am a single mom so I am in no way ready to take the risks of running my own business as my sole income. While I was getting my graduate degree in business I realized most businesses do not make a profit for the first several years and there is no way right now I can take that risk. If my husband were still alive and I could rely on his income, it would be another story but I think I would still miss the interaction with the criminal justice system and making a difference. Best of luck to you
Sometimes no part of the criminal justice system in "right" for a person. I lived in Las Vegas where crime is rampant, but we were not recession proof- they pulled hiring freezes, promotional freezes, wage freezes, and that lasted for two years before I left, and there was going to be more to come- layoffs, furlough days for those that got the "privilege" of keeping their jobs as we were told weekly. I worked at the Clark County Detention Center, but have done sit-a-longs in many departments.
Most areas of criminial justice are stressful jobs, and some people enjoy that- some people don't; I wanted to be a crime scene investigator, but after seeing day in and day out other people's hurt and misery- it does begin to creep into your home life.
Sorry that had nothing to do with cakes, except my motivation to move back to the east coast to pursue cake decorating as a business. As it turns out I do have tough enough skin to work in the criminal justice field, but I also know it would never make me truly happy. I prefer feeling good about myself when I finish a job, not grimy and relieved to walk out of a detention center. Making the switch for me has been the best thing in my life thus far. It is a struggle at times, but I feel fulfilled at the end of the day.