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What Made Me Decide My Dream Job Was A Police Officer

Growing up, it was likely that we all dreamed of becoming a police officer one day. Because, why wouldn’t we? We see them in television shows, with their uniform, weapons, and shiny badge, chasing bad guys while driving alongside other police cars at an intense speed on the highway at night. Sounds intriguing, right?

I never really knew what I wanted to become growing up. My mind changed from wanting to become a vet, to a flight attendant, to a pharmacist, and now finally, a police officer. That is not to say my mind won’t change in the future. In fact, I can almost guarantee it will. But for the past three years, ever since my second semester, I knew that I wanted to become a police officer more than ever.

Having a job that can help others was a non-negotiable for me when I was searching for my dream job. I am a person who strived to help others when possible, as well as be able to experience something new every day. I didn’t want a desk job, and I also didn’t want a 9-5. I have a passion for travelling and being active. I love going to the gym, and I grew up doing swimming, long-distance running, and gymnastics. Having said that, being a police officer can give me the opportunity to drive to places around the city, and experience new sights I may have never seen before. Being a police officer would also give me the chance to be active, whether that be chasing criminals or doing patrols in the neighbourhood. It is a job that is going to be different every single day. You are never going to know what the day might bring. Some days may be busy, some days may be quiet. It is definitely not always chasing bad guys. There are reports to write, house calls that need to be done, as well as traffic control. You have to be prepared for what the day might bring because at the end of the day, you are ultimately sacrificing your life as a police officer, and you have to be okay with what might happen. It’s definitely not a job for everyone, but I believe that if there is a burning sensation in you when you think of a potential career or career path or perhaps you are always thinking of a specific job, do more research and explore it. Chances are, your dream job isn’t as far away as you think.

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