Thinking of a career change?
Need some inspiration…then look no further than PC Beard!
Two years ago, Jason Beard, 41, was an IT teacher at a secondary school in Mansfield, today he’s a response officer on the beat in Woodseats.
After teaching for 15 years he suddenly found himself rethinking his career: “I found it rewarding at first, but people don’t tell you what a stressful and demanding job it can be. I was struggling to cope with the pressure but sticking it out for practical reasons.
“There were days where I dreaded going into work, I’d fallen out of love with the job and it was having an impact on my mental health. Then to add to the stress, the school I was working at fell into financial difficulty and I was facing the grim reality of losing my job.”
After a difficult few months, Jason took voluntary redundancy and as a special constable of 12 years, he decided to take the plunge and apply to be a regular officer.
In May this year, he completed his probation period and is now a fully-fledged response officer.
He says that it hasn’t just been a career change, but his life has been transformed: “The truth is, I don’t ever wake up and not want to come to work. Yes there’s paperwork and files, and it feels like we get little thanks sometimes, but it’s a huge privilege and honour to do this job. The satisfaction of being able to help people in their most desperate of times makes it all worthwhile.”
“I am grateful for the chance to wear this uniform and I am proud to work for an organisation that cares about its staff. I would encourage anyone thinking about joining the police to do it - you will never look back. I am a happier and better person since I’ve been doing this job, which is much more important than the money in my pocket.”
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