Criminology students are making the transition from study to work with the help of a third year criminology course.
The work integrated learning course ‘Professional Practice’ enabled Sam Gillespie and Jacqueline Fuller to not only put what they had learned into practice, but also helped them gain employment.
Sam Gillespie completed her professional practice at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS), in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).
“My placement gave me the opportunity to make a trip to the AIC in Canberra for a week to work on my placement project, where I had the chance to network, develop practical skills and increase my knowledge in the field of organised crime,” said Sam.
“As a result of my placement I have been offered a position at CEPS as Research Assistant for Professor Simon Bronitt, which is a fantastic opportunity.”
Sam wrote, researched and analysed data in relation to the use of mutual legal assistance in the financial investigation of organised crimes in the UK, where investigations led overseas (foreign to the UK).
Jacqueline Fuller completed her placement at the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) where she completed a literature review on child sex offenders and compiled two briefing notes.
Jacqueline said she has been offered a three month contract with the CMC as a Research Support Officer, in a broad role involving data entry, coding and administration.
“My placement allowed me to gain valuable experience in the professional workplace. I was also able to learn new skills and network with some inspiring researchers,” said Jacqueline.