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JoeW

Being a special while at university?

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JoeW

Hi,

 

Just a quick question, what is the probability of successfully being a special whilst attending university? I currently serve as a VPC but will be attending university next year. I know many specials, many of whom do a LOT of hours,  so would it be possible? I know of only one special who currently goes to uni.

 

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Posh

We have a fair few Specials who go to uni and it's not an issue. Only factors to consider is where home is, where uni is and what force you'd be a Special in.

For example in the Met we have Specials on annualised agreements who don't necessarily do all their hours every month, but smash it out during summer/holiday to make sure they hit 200 a year. Also because the Met is quite generous with its travel allowance some travel back from uni to do shifts.

Wherever it is you're going/volunteering I'm sure you'd be most welcome though!

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24 minutes ago, JoeW said:

Hi,

 

Just a quick question, what is the probability of successfully being a special whilst attending university? I currently serve as a VPC but will be attending university next year. I know many specials, many of whom do a LOT of hours,  so would it be possible? I know of only one special who currently goes to uni.

 

Cheers

Hi, I am a university student who is also an acting special sergeant. In addition to this i hold a part-time job. I  am busy but that is how i like it. We have other uni students who are specials but are only able to work during term time. It isn't really an issue as they just bolster up the numbers in the city and are active when they are in term time

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DB11

It was perfect for me. So much spare time and cancelled lectures that I could contribute a lot of hours to SC, which gave me experience and I think played a huge part in me being highly successful at assessment centre on the first attempt.

 

I lived at home though and so did not receive the "Uni experience" but I was fine with that, my long term goal was to join the police and getting a degree was just for a backup (plan B if you like) so it worked out for me.

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Owen

I have just finished university serving all 4 years also as a special. I lived away from home for university and was an SC for my home force - the amount of time off university provided no problems in keeping up my hours.

I'd recommend it - the amount of skills and confidence I have gained from the specials whilst also having a great CV booster (and we can't forget the people and friends you meet as a special as well as university!)

 

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PCW

I know a lot of specials who are currently in university, it seems to fit in just fine, the requirement is that you do 16hrs per month in each force (from what I'm aware). So that boils down to 4hrs per month or 2 10hr shifts and you've gone over 

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RobKex2322

I know that the BTP specifically recruit from universities (certainly up North).  They work in the university home town when there and also have the opportunity to do the same locally when back at home.

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Sir Penguin

I was a special while at University. If I wasn't god knows what I would have done with all that spare time! 

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PCW
38 minutes ago, Sir Penguin said:

I was a special while at University. If I wasn't god knows what I would have done with all that spare time! 

I'm sure there's something you could have found, like socialising, getting into trouble!....

 

 

 

 

what i meant to say was... studying

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Sir Penguin
1 minute ago, PCW said:

I'm sure there's something you could have found, like socialising, getting into trouble!....

 

 

 

 

what i meant to say was... studying

Staying out of trouble was one of the reasons I joined! :D 

 

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JoeW

Thank you for all your replies guys; I'll put an application in for the force that my uni winds up in.

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