Amanda Beasler was a hard-working emergency management professional employed by the state of Wisconsin. Her dream was to be a Medicolegal Death Investigator and like many others could not get her foot in the door. Although there is a loose connection between her “day job” and her dream job, she was not a boots on the ground investigators, or really anything to do with the Medicolegal Investigative process.
Amanda applied for an internship with her local Medical Examiner and was turned down, she applied for a part-time position and was also turned down. The reason given in each case was she did not have any experience or education in death investigation.
Amanda understood the reason but did not expect it as the final decision. Through her persistence and determination, she started doing research on how to get the training and/or experience she would need. She reached out to connections on LinkedIn and started intense Google searches. She knew she could not return to college for a degree and was that even necessary?
Through advice from peers and information found in her searches, she found the Death Investigation Training Academy. After deeper research and a few phone calls to clarify some questions, she knew she had found the training she needed and enrolled in the next online Academy session.
In this episode of the podcast, I speak to Amanda who tells her story in more detail and breaks down how the Online Academy course and subsequent Certification exam gave her the training and proof of knowledge she needed to land her part-time investigator position with her local Medical Examiner.
We will talk about what’s good with the course and what she feels could use some improvement. We talk very candidly and unscripted about the course, the process, and the exam.
If you are looking to enter the field of death investigation or need to have some good refreshers this course is what you are looking for. Learn more at the Academy web site.