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    Question Would you leave your job to join the police or other life changing role?

    Ok, a bit ranty and confused but just writing it as it runs through my head.

    So, now that Teresa May has decided that police officer will start on £19k (from £23k) it makes the decision even harder.

    Currently you have a relatively easy and well paid, quite unchallenging 9-5 mon-fri job but you have wanted to join the police for 10 years or so and after a couple of setbacks the opportunity has arisen.

    Trouble is, you now earn twice what you will if you decide to join the police and will take you 5 years to get to a point where you are earning enough to comfortable again. Your wife is also concerned about before school childcare and the increase in costs if this needs to be changed. You wont be able to take your son to football every Sunday or training every Wednesday and the wife has made it clear she has no interest in doing this at all.

    Would you make yourself considerably poorer and cause huge upheaval to your home life just to do the job that YOU want to do OR do you stay in your current job, make more money and buy yourself things to try and compensate for makeing the conscious decision to ignore the top step of Maslows Hierachy?

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    The 2nd option I have to be honest.

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    Hmmmm....Interesting problem.

    I believe that tax credits are there for this type of problem. Could you claim this?

    That could be one way to go after your dream. Worth looking into further?????

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    TBH, I hadnt looked into the tax credits side of it. Thanks for the reminder!


    Just ran through the tax credit calculator and its come out with a big fat zero.
    Last edited by Hefferzzzz; 17th May 2013 at 05:37 PM. Reason: tried the tax credti calc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hefferzzzz View Post
    TBH, I hadnt looked into the tax credits side of it. Thanks for the reminder!


    Just ran through the tax credit calculator and its come out with a big fat zero.
    Oh bu**er... Sorry about that....but it is worth investigating ALL avenues, if you really feel that you might miss your life's ambition.

    Good luck

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    Could you become a "special" to get some idea of what modern policing is really all about? Just to make sure it really is what you want?

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    @Hefferzzzz:

    I have a friend who joined the police force when he came out of the RAF and if you were to ask him today if he thinks he made the right choice he would probably say no, reason why is that the police force has changed so dramatically in the last 10 years.

    He cannot plan anything as his shifts are so all over the place, going away with us on a weekend is such a bind as we have to work around him and his shift pattern.

    He really doesn't like the way it is heading (Privatisation) which is already performance related and the paperwork is more than ever before.

    The decision I would say is yours and your OH will also have a say I would think as it will impact on her,

    Good Luck in your decision

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    To be honest they can't pay me enough to join the police...

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    Easy decision, yes 100% I would, im in the last stages to become a special and I cannot wait to start!

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    Would feel forced to stay in the current job but for me if a Traffic Police (don't boo) or a police dog handler (only gets offered to existing police from what ive read) job then I would say I'm going.

    Depends on how bad your current job really is.

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    I went the other way, coming from the police to IT. I wouldn't go back for double what I'm on, it was so stressful it mentally broke me. I'm not a good fit for the job though, and I know it fits many people like a glove.

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    Money is not everything. I quit a very well paid job in London and sold my house to go traveling knowing I probably would not get a job like that again or have as much money but everything has worked out for the best and I will always have those memories. You only live once.

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    Well I have the best of both worlds. I love my job in IT but I have been a Special for the last 3.5 years and I love that too. However I wouldn't want to be a full time Police officer - the pay, shifts and paperwork just aren't worth it!

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    Whilst not police, I am former military, and I was on a decent wage within the military for my rank and specialism. I came out with a medical injury, tried to join the police but a few weeks into the training I realised it wasnt for me. Not everyone fits the police (or military) and it is a huge step. I know several officers (my neighbour a few doors down is one) and her shift pattern is so erratic it is quite literally insane. She will work several different times in a month (earlies (4am-12pm), daytime (12pm-8pm) and nights (8pm-4am)) and she will work them in varying patterns, one week it could be 3 nights, 2 earlies, week after it could be 3 earlies, 2 days etc, she only finds out the month before. Also the days off are never the same each week in order to give everyone a fair share of days off.

    Things to consider.

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    I'd always had the Police as a possible option as a career. However, I don't think I'd ever consider it nowadays. Not in this country anyway.



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