October 19th, 2008

Scary Times

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Things are getting a little scary round at 200 Towers about now.

The impending retirement is starting to loom much larger on the horizon. This Christmas will see my last one as a police officer. Being as it seems like I’ve been one since God was in short trousers, the thought of applying for jobs is somewhat, er, frightening, yep, if I’m honest, frightening.

I’ve not applied for anything in my entire adult life, certainly not anything I’ve been required to provide a CV for. I can’t remember anything about applying for a job as a police officer. So I don’t know whether I had to put anything down on paper about my capabilities. All I know is I think I applied during the school holidays after I left the sixth form, had an interview & started  a few weeks later, 30 years ago.  I’ve started to compile my CV. The tricky thing is finding anything to actually put in it. I’ve read CV-writing websites until all the advice has merged into one and it still only has a paragraph in it. Being a hairy-arsed copper for 30 years must give you some skills but finding them & putting them on paper isn’t as easy as I thought.

I’m also developing this strange desire to read the job adverts in my local papers. I honestly haven’t decided what to do. I’m thinking about just having a few months of chilling which will give me more time to put off applying for a job. The choices I have appear to be;

  • apply to come back as a civvy in the control room (safe but not particularly happy)
  • apply to come back in some other civvy role within the police organisation (safe but are other departments any better than mine – can they be any worse!)
  • apply for some, as yet, unknown job outside the force.
  • have a few months off, go abroad, chill out & then back to the 3 choices above.


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  1. Tony F says:

    200, here’s irony for you. As you will find, if you go on the job market after so long, you will find yourself entitled to certain publicly funded things. As Most servicemen do after 22 years or more. If you do these things, you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with other ‘institutionalised’ people, Army, Navy, Air Force, and yes, long term cons…….

    October 19th, 2008 at 17:48

  2. PC Andrews says:

    My advice 200, is do not come anywhere near the control room. You know what will be in store from me if you do. (that’s if I can even bring myself to talk to a mere civvy)

    October 19th, 2008 at 17:49

  3. ted says:

    I’ve under a year to go. I’m going for the few months off then look for a job option. Thirty years non stop is long enough without a decent holiday.

    I’m going for a very long bike ride. I’ve told enough people my plans that I can’t change my mind and hang on for a month at a time after the 30 like some people do.

    October 19th, 2008 at 18:09

  4. MetAnon says:

    I’ve been thinking about the same thing, not that its coming up any time soon mind you. i’m thinking i’ll buy a nice little pub in essex somewhere, a nice big dog and some attractive young barmaids to keep the missus on her toes.
    feel free to share my dream if you want

    October 19th, 2008 at 20:14

  5. blueknight says:

    It would be worth getting yourself registered on one of the Retired Officer Sites, such as PAR, G4S Police, or Blueline Careers.
    That will give you few ideas and the opportunity, perhaps, to do some temporary contract work while you look for something more permanent.
    Don’t forget that while ‘the job’ is like no other, you will have built up a number of transferable skills, real skills, not the skills that are written on a piece of paper from college.

    October 19th, 2008 at 20:30

  6. Paul says:

    Transfer to the British Transport Police!

    October 19th, 2008 at 22:22

  7. Retired Copper says:

    Think big. Do not stay within the police environment. You will be surprised how much nicer it is outside. You have got lots of skills that are worth crowing about. You have been in a decision making post for years; you will accept responsibilities; you are probably a driver, and I expect you have had first-aid training. Can you type? Are you familiar with working with computers? Can you write clear reports? All these things are valuable outside, and not always available from other applicants. I was once told by an employer that one of my former colleagues – who wasn’t the brightest in the bunch – had one huge advantage – He Was Honest. Very valuable in the storeman’s job he was doing. Do not run yourself down.

    October 19th, 2008 at 22:35

  8. officer dibble says:

    Not getting to the 200 just yet but still am at a point of looking ahead and thinking out possibilities.
    No matter what the job market,we still have a reasonable track record against others.We are reliable,turn up on time and do what’s expected of us….pretty much a Gold benchmark in this day and age.

    October 20th, 2008 at 00:15

  9. Oi says:

    It took about 2 years after I retired before I wound down out of Cop-Mode. I could then look back and I wondered just why did I spend so long in there being a punch-bag for politicians, Police heirarchy and the great unwashed,
    Every now and again I pass through the city I served in and I drop in to visit those of my old mates that are still in the job.
    After speaking with them. I come away thanking the Lord that I am away from all the crap.

    October 20th, 2008 at 05:45

  10. tannage says:

    Take a career break, go do something you want to do and try not to worry about money. I took 9 months off work a couple of years ago and it ended up being the best thing I ever did. Getting away from “work” mode makes it easier to see where and what you really want to do :)

    I do really enjoy this blog by the way, I think there should be more people who think like you out there in the population as a whole.

    October 20th, 2008 at 10:59

  11. Civ_In_The_City says:

    200, you clearly know your way round a keyboard and can routinely put together coherent thoughts in writing. Your experience as a police officer gives you various skills you have vast reserves of, skills which younger applicants can`t even name.

    People will tell you that the job market has changed since 30 years ago but I`m not so sure. I tell the people who come to us on work experience that the art to keeping a job are 1) Turn up on time, 2) Work while you`re there, 3) Don`t nick anything.

    Add your keyboard skills to that and you have a job for life anywhere.

    Plus every time I read about young people binge-drinking, smoking skunk, taking ecstasy and the like I have a little giggle because I might come up against one of them in a job interview one day.

    October 20th, 2008 at 18:01

  12. thomas says:

    hmmm… straight back to work or a few months of getting up when I wanted and some hardcore lounging about on my backside?? it’s a tough choice, thats for sure.

    October 20th, 2008 at 21:41

  13. NARPO GRUMPS says:

    Did the civvy bit – enjoyed a lot of it but the bits i did not i realy did not enjoy. Have done 1 private sector job training the use of security equipment (I am not an ex police trainer). Travelled the world (almost) doing this. Needed some NHS attention so retired again, but then have since gone back again private sector – admittedly a niche job based on mys skills, but thoroughly enjoying it. Other colleagues have considered immigration and various local authority jobs – not quite the red tape yet of your current job. You would be ideal for highways agency post – their control rooms are warm in winter, but still involve shifts. You have my email, if you want a chat contact me and i will give you my telephone number. Whatever you decide, best wishes.

    October 20th, 2008 at 21:54

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