Parole officers and probation officers play a role in criminal justice systems by supervising offenders who have been released from incarceration and, often, in recommending sentencing in courts of law. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parole_Officer
I would describe a career as a Parole Officer as a counselor who helps individuals who just got out of prison find a job and a place to live. Making sure that this individual has the right resources in order to succeed. I expect my day to day activities in invlove mkaing appointments with these individuals and making house calls to insure that they are staying out of trouble. Also giving them advice on anything they need.
A Parole Officer career can be very rewarding if one can adapt to the stress. I would expect days of 'putting out fires', rearranging tasks to accomodate unplanned events, and a lot of organization to meet the many deadlines associated with the job.
I expect the unexpected. I understand that the shifts can be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd normally a 45 hour work week. I understand that I will have times where training may happen during my off duty hours and that I may receive calls at any time day or night. I also understand that there may be times when I may have to fill in for others. I expect to assist a parole officer with reports interviews and any other caseload tasks they may need assistance with. Meeting with ofenders may mean a non violent offender to a violent offender. I may have an offender that uses foul launguage and I can not tak that personally. I always should be prepared and ensure safety of those I work with as well as make decisions on whether an offrender is truly not ready to be unsupervised.