Criminology students explore a career in probation

PQIP Programme Leader Ester Ragonese discusses a career in probation
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A Programme Leader for the National Probation Service Professional Qualification in Probation (PQIP) showed our Criminology students a pathway to a highly desired career route.

UCEN Manchester’s Criminology students were recently treated to an industry expert talk by PQIP Programme Leader Ester Ragonese. 

During the talk, Ester spoke about what it’s like to be a probation officer, showed our students sought-after careers in the field and discussed the PQIP programme as a route to a career in the probation service.

Speaking about the visit Ester commented: “It’s a part of the criminal justice sector that most people don’t have insight into. It’s really important to speak with students who already have a passion and interest in the broader area that informs the work of a probation officer.”

Watch the video above to learn more about Ester’s industry professional lecture and hear from our second-year Criminology and Criminal Justice student Emily, about how the lecture has opened her eyes to a new career path for when she has completed her course. 

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Video Transcript

My name’s Ester Ragonese. I’m a Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores University. I came today to talk about what a Probation Officer does and the different routes to qualification.

My name’s Emily and I’m studying Criminology. Today’s session was to give us a brief overview on probation, if we wanted to consider that as a career, what path we need to go down.

Probation Officer is a role and responsibility that fits and sits right across the criminal justice system. It has a role in what happens before someone goes to court, when somebody is in court, advising the court on the most suitable option to hopefully reduce offending and protect the public. It helps to support what happens post sentence.

It made me realise a whole different path that I can go down after university that I hadn’t even considered.

I think it’s really important to talk to undergraduate students who think that might be the path that they want to go to.