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Are you suited to a career in judicial services?

Are you suited to a career in judicial services?

For many, ex-military or any other professional that enters into judicial services, even with a raft of roles available there is often a difficulty adapting to the work environment.

All roles are different, there are no easy positions or careers. Back-office work, where contact centre staff or welfare support teams handle distressing personal situations, can be very difficult. Similarly, frontline roles in the field bring obvious and clear difficulties for many entering the sector.

In this article, mainly focussing on enforcement agents, we take a look at why things may not work out. Historically, we know that ex-military make exceptional enforcement agents, including High Court Enforcement Officers, but even they can struggle initially.

Why do some struggle to make a career and a long-term commitment to the role? Despite the potentially high financial rewards and the benefits of a flexible working environment, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. In this post we’ll look into why these roles are only suitable for certain people.

Ex-military? How we help you

We have no doubt judicial service and enforcement companies prepare their new enforcement agents and High Court Enforcement Officers effectively, but often hidden elements of certain roles can spring up and demoralise agents. This then leads to people to questioning their suitability for the role.

At Richardson Bailey, as ex-military recruitment experts, we will help any ex-military veteran gain a more insightful view of the sector. We do that via our e-learning modules and sharing useful information on our blog. We have an honest approach that’s designed to find you the most suitable role.

In addition to that, we are always happy to pick up the phone, undertake an insight day for you, or just meet up for a chat. We have no interest in merely passing your CV on. It is not the method for us.

We want to improve the sector by placing the best talent into the most suitable roles. We will only do that when a veteran knows every pitfall, scenario and the good as well as the bad.

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How do you know if you’re not suitable for judicial services?

We’re not here to put you off, but to place you in the best role for your skills and experience. Below are five common reasons why people aren’t suited to a career in judicial services – number one is particularly important!

  1. Lack of the right work ethic
    This is not something we generally find with ex-military agents, but for some it is easy to become complacent over time. The work may be sporadic or of poor quality after a period of better quality work. This means you need a little more motivation achieve your targets.
    You have to be self-motivated to work in the field, and you have to accept the inevitable issues that go along with it – be it travel, hours, work quality or just difficult days and difficult people. The same goes for contact centre work, some days will be long and difficult, where others are rewarding and motivating.
    It’s not the same every day, every case is different, and it is certainly not always 9 to 5.
  2. Inability to communicate leading to a lack of confidence
    The work is not about debt or assets or arrest, it’s about people.
    The absolutely crucial requirement is the ability to deal with all sorts of people, from the most vulnerable in our society to the wealthiest, the most intelligent to the most ill-disciplined and arrogant. This makes for a very testing, yet rewarding, working environment. As in life, everybody and every case is different, and you must be able to effectively deal with all.
    When that ability, motivation or belief wanes then the roles appear very unattractive against other sectors, and confidence takes a hit – despite the financial rewards.
  3. Not suited to flexible working hours
    Everybody deserves a life outside of their work, and flexible working allows that if you know how to use it.
    While there are many positive elements to flexible working, the truth is that you have to be disciplined to complete your requirement to work certain hours, especially if you want to reap the rewards financially.
    This is not easy, especially for ex-military where many assume that returning to civvy street will mean a more routine environment! It takes time to adapt and stay motivated.
  4. Lack of commitment or self-discipline
    Lack of commitment can often happen when agents do not fully understand the pitfalls, or the working environment. We work with candidates on this knowledge, helping them understand ways to reduce these situations.
    Self-discipline, or a lack of it, covers so many scenarios. When the work becomes personal, or you have to achieve targets or are not hitting your financial goals, for whatever reason, this can lead to a lack of discipline.
    This is the quick-fire way to leave the industry. Self-discipline is absolutely fundamental to all roles within the sector.
  5. Difficulty working to processes and protocols

Many of the roles within the sector are reliant on other people, plus processes and protocols.
Add to that situations where cases are put on hold, or a perceived overzealous checking of your activities by internal audit, this can quickly build to an annoyance with bureaucracy.
If a lack of patience, empathy or ability to understand the bigger picture manifests itself in a demoralised agent, it’s likely they won’t be suited to the role. A positive and professional is needed, 100% of the time.

These are just some of the issues that new agents often experience, but everyone is different. This is why it’s important to work on a one-to-one basis with your recruiter – we find that this gets the best outcome for both the candidate and the company.

Who is suited to judicial services?

We know from experience that ex-military have a litany of transferable skills. A good career in judicial services suits those that have an interest in people and process. There are some very interesting cases and people to deal with and real sense of satisfaction in doing the right thing and achieving the right outcomes for the courts, stakeholders and the legal process.

The sector suits those that have a real professional ethic, doing the right thing and making crucial decisions at the right time, every time.

It works well for those that want to work in a sector where there is a culture of wanting to do the right thing and where the rule of law and the court orders that are entrusted to them, are managed effectively and for the right reasons. You have to believe in the important work that you are undertaking and why you do what you do.

First and foremost, for all roles, it is the people that matter.

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