As security professionals at we have all made careers out of the security industry. Speaking from my own experience it has been hard work and difficult times but for the most part a very rewarding and enjoyable journey. When new entrants come into the industry they do it for a variety of reasons. Some just want to get any type of employment at all and see security as a growth area, some see it as a stepping stone to other careers and some see it as a second income. There are the few though who see it as a career as a long term profession for them.
For me as a trainer there is no greater pleasure to train than this type of person. Somebody with enthusiasm and interest in learning about the industry. There is also great satisfaction in seeing these people progress and move on up in the industry. Seeing people we have trained (sometimes on multiple courses) become supervisors and managers in the industry and this gives me great pride as a trainer. Hearing stories from past learners who have secured jobs and promotions based on their training and upskilling makes me, and the trainers I’m sure, feel grateful for the opportunity to work with these people.
The security industry can be a harsh place to work sometimes. Standing alone on a static site or door in a really quite shift in heavy rain and awful weather it may not seem like much of career but we have all been there. The people who persevere and work on their training are the ones who end up being successful in this industry. I have had people come through training courses with me and return some time later to do further training or maybe a security management programme and to see how much this person has grown in experience and knowledge in the meantime is amazing. While training programmes add great base knowledge for a person to progress and succeed in their career it has to be coupled with hard work and experience.
So for those of you out there considering a long term career in security I would say 2 things:
1. Constantly train and learn new things. Your skills and knowledge are what set you apart from your peers.
2. Don’t be afraid of the hard work. The long hours, harsh conditions and sore feet are what makes a real professional capable of leading others in the later stages of your career.
This industry is nothing but for the dedicated, trained and professional people who work in it of which I am proud to call myself one.