At 33 years of age, Wollongong's Dave Henderson is having "one of the best times" in his life - at study.
Mr Henderson is studying for his Diploma of Policing Practice, with the aim of gaining employment as a probationary constable in the NSW Police Service.
He believes his decision to switch careers after working in the NSW court administration, with a view to joining the Police Service, has "breathed new life into me".
Others considering a similar career change will be able to find out all about life in the NSW Police Service, and what it takes to get there, at the Police Career Day, being run in conjunction with Charles Sturt University at the Wollongong PCYC this Sunday, 27 May.
"The course work has been very challenging, but it has also been one of the best times of my life. I have really enjoyed the work," Mr Henderson said.
The Diploma of Policing Practice is the education program offered by CSU as part of an arrangement with the NSW Police Service.
At the Career Day, current students such as Dave Henderson, recent graduates, academic and police staff will be available to answer any questions prospective recruits may have.
A formal information session, commencing at 10 am, will highlight issues regarding the Diploma, finance, student life and more, giving a better insight into life as a police practitioner as well as the course. Prospective students may also enrol for the course on the day, and should bring along any supporting documentation, as well as original copies for sighting.
According to CSU's head of policing studies, Associate Professor Tracey Green, the course caters for the needs of students by offering multiple modes of study. "Students who study full-time complete the first year at the Police Academy in Goulburn, and then complete the rest of the course while working as a probationary constable.
"However, students wanting to continue their employment up until the point they need to attend the Academy may do so, by studying the course by distance education," she said.
The Open Day is being held at the Wollongong PCYC, Exeter Avenue, North Wollongong from 10am to 2pm this Sunday, 27 May.
Further information is available from the Police Recruitment Branch on 1800 222 1222 or visit the Diploma of Policing Practice website.