Do you remember why you decided to become a criminologist? For many of us, an important goal when we began this jour-ney was to use our lives to make a difference in the world. Gradually, however, faced with the immediate hurdles of getting a degree in an educational institution where our mentors are teachers and researchers, it becomes easy to focus on teaching and doing research within an academic setting, rather than doing research or working for change in the world outside of academia. Also, academic cul-ture may frown upon and marginalize those students who seek to work outside of academia. Despite these challenges, a considerable number of criminologists have built a career working outside of academia, or working under both umbrellas.