Career Transition: How The PhD Project Helped Jason Marshall Move from Law Enforcement to Academia

Jason Marshall entered a career in law enforcement as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as any new recruit ready to change the world. But like so many others, the reality was that the world had changed him after just a couple of years.

The nature of law enforcement work quickly caught up to Marshall as his naivety and optimism were soon replaced with a cynicism he describes as “unhealthy.”

“As much as I tried to fight it, the reality was that my job was extremely negative,” Marshall said. “Seeing the fights, abuse, accidents, deaths, (the effect of) drugs, alcohol and people regularly lying to avoid getting into trouble. I began to look for a way out.”

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