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I admit it....I'm a geek! x

Post by Curly Girl » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:25 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm back with another possibly daft (and definitely very geeky!) question I'm afraid! Please don't rip the p*ss out of me too much!

I was wondering whether there were any courses/volunteering opps that anyone could recommend as being useful/helpful to take prior to starting a career in the prison service?

My current job is so dull I can feel my brain turning to mush a little more each day and since it looks like I will probably be in for a long wait for a post should I be fortunate enough to pass my RAD and fitness test, I would actually be grateful for the chance to have something else to keep my mind occupied. I am one of those strange people that enjoy learning and get frustrated when I am not getting the chance to use my noggin!

Thanks! xxxxxxxx

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Post by lisaA4 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:32 pm

Hi Curlygirl,
not sure about any courses but to help me fill my time as my job is dull too I read lots of Prison books eg A life inside a Prisoners Notebook by Erwin James.
Have you seen the dvd on How to become a prison officer? That is recommended too.
Not sure if any of this helps!!!!!! :slzi:

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Post by Curly Girl » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:49 pm

It absolutely does help, thank you! I appreciate any advice or nudge in the right direction!
I will get both asap - let the geekiness commence!

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Post by Breakoff » Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:39 am

Curly Girl, can I offer this advice? Please do not read any books about prison written by prisoners. That's just like joining the Police and saying "I've seen every episode of the Bill". Get yourself on here and like me, be a geek, there's nothing wrong with it. Ask as many boring and worthless questions you think you have in you. There not worthless, they're ALL important.

So ask away.

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The prison spotter and history geek"

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Post by sprouty » Wed Nov 05, 2008 5:37 am

Any customer service type work wont do you any harm :slbg:

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Post by Crumbling Victorian Cat B » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:53 am

sprouty wrote:Any customer service type work wont do you any harm :slbg:
Especially if your going for the private prisons :slaN:
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Post by Skippy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:41 pm

Would a first aid course like St Johns and a bit of volunteering be any good?
Could try a few sesssions at your local night shelter.
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Post by Curly Girl » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:11 pm

(Curly Girl furiously scribbles down all suggestions.......)

Thanks for all the helpful info and advice everyone, I have taken it all on board and as always am very very grateful!! xxxxxxxxxx

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Post by desertrat » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:16 am

Never think a question is silly or daft !!! It has probably been asked before,and will be asked again if you dont ask somebody else will !!!


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Post by sprouty » Thu Nov 06, 2008 12:48 pm

desertrat wrote:Never think a question is silly or daft !!! It has probably been asked before,and will be asked again if you dont ask somebody else will !!!


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You sound like a tutor there rat boy!

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Post by Happy days » Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:30 pm

Im feeling exactly the same in my Job - I hate it. Bored out of my tiny little mind and really fed up..

Thinking of handing in my notice and doing temp work while I carry out the long process of succeding in what i REALLY want to do.. Id even go as foar as stacking shelves at Tesco than being here! Its making me crazy!!! :slnuts:

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Post by Curly Girl » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:05 pm

I have thought about just handing in my notice and temping too but I will wait and see how I get on at my RAD first. Then maybe if I manage to pass that I will hand it in just before christmas (I only have to give one week notice). However, I don't know how that would look to the vetting people?

There's something so depressing about starting the new year in a job you can't stand! x

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Post by Happy days » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:10 pm

Hmm - thats a good point about the vetting people. I will also wait and see what happens on my RAD - god this time next week i will be cacking it big time!!! just downloaded "how to become a prison officer" cost me £11.00 and they email you the download - its really helpful. It seriously getting me excited and scared now - reality is hitting me right between the eyes :slbx: :slnuts:

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Post by Curly Girl » Thu Nov 06, 2008 5:33 pm

I bought the gold CD Rom pack so I have to wait for it to be delivered before I can get practising! x

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Post by Happy days » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:09 pm

Where do you live? Im in Littlehampton.... Feel like your a local!! The info is sooooooooooooooooo helpful. really nervous after reading it though - reality is hitting now nad im wondering if i have enough time to prepare - i want this more than anything...

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