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Any Prison (corrective services) Officers?

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Looking at doing something different with my life and would also like to do something worthwhile and not related to making a profit, anyone do or have done this job and whats it like ?.

I know its not a big earner but from what ive heard it is a job far more than just locking people up and the officer i spoke with reckoned it was a great life and very rewarding at times from helping people turn there lives around, he said very few who get accepted and join will leave in a hurry.

Very competitive to get in as well, always have far more applicants most of whom get rejected than there are jobs.

TBH, trading from home is doing me head in and if i find something else i could still trade although the intraday would have to go.
 
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Re: Any Prison(corrective services) Officers ?

from what ive heard (3rd hand) it is only the job for you if you are ready for it. a lot of ex-prisoners move into this as a career (due to lack of options) and many others get bored with the monotony of it all.

so do your research before jumping into this one.
 
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Re: Any Prison (corrective services) Officers ?

i thought of doing this job a few years back as well, as a workmate was going for the exams. exams were not easy i was told it also helps if your big boned apparently for obvious reasons.
 
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Re: Any Prison(corrective services) Officers ?

from what ive heard (3rd hand) it is only the job for you if you are ready for it. a lot of ex-prisoners move into this as a career (due to lack of options) and many others get bored with the monotony of it all.

so do your research before jumping into this one.

Ive actually heard the reverse, they are looking to recruit well educated and tradespeople who as i was told want to "make a difference", the old stereo type prison guard is a thing of the past.
 
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Re: Any Prison(corrective services) Officers ?

Ive actually heard the reverse, they are looking to recruit well educated and tradespeople who as i was told want to "make a difference", the old stereo type prison guard is a thing of the past.
in the current environment, its likely they will get a few recruits from trades and others where employment prospects are poor currently, but that wont change the fact that like many jobs, many enter the profession with a view to make a difference, but come away very frustrated.

all im saying is do ya research.
 
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If you are joining to "make a difference" forget it. If you are thick skinned and want to be hated, beaten and humiliated go for it. It is a real cruisy job apart from this. CO's spend their days watching TV and chatting on the phones. And it would be easier if you were on the large size.
Majority of CO's are butch lezo's or people that crave authority but don't have the brains to get it.
 
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I have a couple of ex army mates who are now screws here in Vic, from all accounts if you can handle yourself and some occasional filth it's not a bad career.
 

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A relative was a prison officer for many years before getting out a little while back. Apparently it does get to you after a while - the final straw was a couple of work mates taking their own life.
 
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Looking at doing something different with my life and would also like to do something worthwhile and not related to making a profit, anyone do or have done this job and whats it like ?.
I can respond well to that first statement you made.

I changed my career to be a Childcare Worker. Pay's lousy but it's the best job if you want to help people and make a difference - start off when their young. Not to mention you get to play with kids all day. Couldn't get a better job.

I thought to myself - i want a job where money is a by-product and this is the best job.
 

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My mates old man is a screw at a minimum security facility. As far as i know he enjoys it and there are never any problems due to the fact its for relatively minor offences, or for those towards the end of their sentence.
 
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I have just left the Creek and would not trust a Screw as far as I would throw them.

I was in for non payment of fines and not wearing a bicycle helmet, and found the screws very dismissive of my concerns and a ready mob of "organisation by proxy", which left the vulnerable at a disadvantage.

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I might be repeating what has already been said, but anyway...

My line of work involves dealing with prison officers from time to time. I also know an acquaintance who works as a prison officer. From what I can see, apart from the obvious abuse and the rough and tough nature of the job, it seems pretty cruisy. My friend was one who was stationed in the cells within a court house, and all he had to do was escort prisoners to and from the courtroom - all other times he was just sitting there reading.

But about making a difference, I am not so sure about that. You are just there for security purposes, you don't write reports on prisoner's progress or anything, so I really don't know how much of a difference one can make (unless you've just finished watching The Green Mile with Tom Hanks).
 
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Re: Any Prison(corrective services) Officers ?

from what ive heard (3rd hand) it is only the job for you if you are ready for it. a lot of ex-prisoners move into this as a career (due to lack of options) and many others get bored with the monotony of it all.

so do your research before jumping into this one.

Ex-prisoners would not be allowed to be prison officers because of their criminal record.
 
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I have just left the Creek and would not trust a Screw as far as I would throw them.

I was in for non payment of fines and not wearing a bicycle helmet, and found the screws very dismissive of my concerns and a ready mob of "organisation by proxy", which left the vulnerable at a disadvantage.

gg
Haven't seen you around for a while GG. I hope you're not back in the tin or worse, Klingon class accommodation. ;)

I would have thought the gym exercise bikes would have offered an alternative for the duration of internment without the need for a helmet and hence any exposure to related vulnerabilities of argument.
 
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Hey Doc ... GG posted that on the 12th-February-2011 08:35 PM :1zhelp:

Not sure if the Arnage has veered off the Wickham Street bridge?
 

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A guard in this region, recently fell on hard financial times (gambling), and has just been convicted of smuggling drugs into the centre. There's a flood of drugs and cigs going in there, by assorted means.

No direct experience of the job, but I reckon the monotony would be a challenge. And you'd need to be thick-skinned, like a rhinoceros.
 
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