How do you gain experience when all the jobs require you to already have the experience?

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How do you gain experience when all the jobs require you to already have the experience?

Carmen
How does one gain the one year experience necessary to apply for most csi/technicians/criminalist etc. jobs when a Bachelor degree is already obtained and all the job's requirements require experience?
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Wendy
Can anyone answer this question, because I would like to know the same thing!
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Monica
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Me too!
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Steph
In the UK (and I assume elsewhere) a lot of degree courses offer a year's placement in a relevant position, giving you a year of experience. However the experience they are asking for may not necessarily mean direct experience in the job position you are applying for. It may simple mean some other form of related work.
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csi_Victoria
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Ok people you need to call police departments to find out stuff like this.  You will need to get on with a police department that requires you to be an officer for a certain amount of time and then you can transfer to the csi department when an opening is available.  Each department is different so you have to make calls or check on their website to see if it says on their.  I know most of you think a job is just going to fall into your laps once your done with schoo, but your so wrong.  You have to get yourself out there.  No one is just going to come up to you and say you want to be a csi?  You might apply to dozens of different police departments and wait for 6 months to a year before you get an interview.  Once you find a department you want to work for you are going to be good to get on as a police officer while you wait to get a job as a csi.  That way you can pay back your student loans and also get your foot in the door.  You can get to know the people in that department so that they know your interested.  Go by weekly to talk to the supervisor and volunteer there if you can.  And make sure you show them how determined you are.  They don't want people that are lazy, late to work, sloppy and no determination.  They want someone who is there doing the job and working hard to get better.  Take all the optional training the department offers you can.  And if you have the money take some that you have to pay for.  This shows how much you want the job, that its a part of your life.  Read tons of books to keep your mind sharp and your learning up to date.  And in college don't just take the reqired criminal justice classes.  You have tons of open credits, take science classes and psychology classes.  Take a photography class at your local community college to learn about photography.  The more extras you have on your resume and in your mind the more desirable that makes you.  
MDM
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MDM
Victoria,
What if you physically can not pass the physical training involved with becoming a sworn officer because of a birth defect?  Are there crime scene technician jobs out there that do not require a sworn position?  The reason I'm asking is because I was born without my left hand and forearm so I'm almost certain that any police department that I try getting into will find some reason to not give me a chance without letting me know that the reason is my disability.  I hate to be in that mindframe but I've had numberous past experiences that ended the same way.  Please any information on this topic would be greatly appreciated.
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Dana Sutherland
Not every Forensics, or CSI position out there requires the individuals to be sworn in.  Many do not.  It is determined by the policies of the place offering the job.  I am a biology major and will be attending MSU for the Forensic Biology Master's degree program.  I have done research, and many people have a false sense of what you have to do.  Being a scientist or research investigator requires intelligence above all, and researching the requirements of the job will give you the answers you need.  You do not have to give up because of a disability.  Show them what you CAN do...
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aforense
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Very simple.
While u in the college, go to any lab, any police department, DIRECTLY to the CSI person, and ask for internship.
The best way to do your intern is somewhere in between your college career—u can start on your 3rd year, and contn  till u graduate.
So, by the time of your graduation, u will have approximately 2 yrs of “experience” that u can show on your resume.
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Victoria
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I wish I knew an answer that could help you with that.  I would suggest talking to someone in the CSI division that you are wanting to work with.  I hate to say that you might not be able to do the job.  I understand how important it is to overcome physical or emotional problems.  I do know that being a CSI requires you to use your hands for your work.  So I am not sure how that would pan out for you.  If you know anyone that is a CSI, you might want to talk to them.  If not call up to a local police department and set up a chance to talk to one.  Ask them questions and see if you would be able to do the job.  I do know that the police department has to let you try to pass the test.  But since you have to be able to do push ups and sit ups, this probably wouldn't be possible for you.  Good luck and don't give up hope.
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Shannon Marie
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MDM,
I wont lie to you. The job itself will require that your able to type, write reports, do forensics in a lab, and usually to work at crime scenes it takes training in school as well as on the job experience. Most look for experts in their fields if they are not rooked into the department.
But, there are many other jobs that will get you out using your mind, and after all it is not always about clean up duties, or evidence, it is about profiling, finding out who, or why. You could always get into taking witness statements with a recorder, and then use a program to decipher to text for transcription for court etc,.. there's many other jobs that would be an excellent fit. I really hate that so many people watch a TV show and think this is how it is. The media over hypes things.
However be open to where the Lord leads you, and you will find your nitch!
Best of luck!
Shannon Marie