Essay on Basing My Career Choice on Interviewing a Professor

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As soon as I knew that we would have to write a faculty interview paper and preferably talk to someone associated with are major, I knew exactly who I wanted to interview. This semester I am taking Entomology 218 or introduction to forensics. There are two instructors for the class and I chose Patrick Jones. This decision was easy to make, because the first day of class, Patrick had said that he was a retired police officer and had done a lot of different work in that area. After I knew this I was immediately intrigued and wanted to know more about him. When I remembered our assignment was to interview a teacher, I thought he would be perfect. When I met with Patrick I was nervous , but as soon as I walked into the room I knew that that …show more content…
He then retired in 1989, for a brief period, because he couldn’t stay away from the job. Coming out of retirement, he ran for coroner, but lost to a less qualified twenty eight year old who then appointed him as first deputy coroner. After serving his term their, he was asked by Ralph Williams to come and speak to his Entomology 218 class about his experience and knowledge in the subject of the crime side of forensics. They ended up liking him so much that he was offered to teach the class along side Ralph. He said if you would have asked him twenty years ago if he would have ever been a teacher, his answer would have been definitely not! When I asked him if he was glad that he is a professor and had accepted the job, he said he would not want to be doing anything else. He said the most rewarding part of the job is when he can explain something to a student in a way that they can understand, but on the other hand the worst part is how politics get involved, when they should not. At this point in the interview, I turned the focus over to asking career advice. When I said that I was also pursuing law enforcement as a career, he told me that it’s not like television, you will not appreciate the long hours and the emotional and personal relationship stress that stems from the job. He also told me that you need to be a good technical writer and that you need to be able to not only see but also understand what you see. He informed me that there are two

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