felon and have been out for four years. I finish all that the State of New Mexico ask of me with satisfactory compliance. I got a letter in the mail proposing I become a lock smith and I am wondering if it would be a waste of my time completing this course if a background check is going to hinder me from working as a lock smith? My felony convictions are drug related and are the last in a long line of drug offenses. Do you know if I have a chance in this field or should I just try some thing else. I have recently been attending college and have found that the degree I was pursuing was not felony friendly so I am in desperate need to figure out what fields I can major in where my felony will have the least affect on my career.
To my knowledge the state of New Mexico does not require locksmiths to be licensed, so your conviction will have little or no bearing. As far as pursuing higher education, you must investigate to learn if your chosen field requires licensing or certification. Your convictions may prohibit you from being licensed.
You still may encounter the usual "felon" bias that many with criminal histories have. As I tell every ex-offender and felon I work with, you will have to apply for every job you feel you are qualified for until you find the right employer
I hope this helps.