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what do you like most and the least about working as a security guard?

I'm asking because i wanna make sure this is a right fit for me and so i make the right decision.

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Scott’s Answer

There are so many different kinds of 'security guards' out there. Anything from standing in a auto sales parking lot to corporate high rise protection. Im going to assume you are looking at entry level security work, such as mall or industrial plant security. Most entry level positions require walking, lots of walking, as they conduct their rounds. As an entry level guard, you are really just going to be walking around making sure doors are locked and nothing has been tampered with. Its not glorious, but its very important, as deterrence is a big factor in physical security. (Just you being there and being seen is enough to stop people from doing stuff they shouldn't be doing). Most entry level guards have no arrest powers, carry no weapons and are not authorized to use any kind of force against people. Now, on the plus side, you get to see some pretty cool behind the scenes stuff. You will have access to areas other people do not. One shift you may be walking through a production facility, the next hour you may be walking thru the CEO's office. Career advancement in security comes fairly quickly as well, providing you follow the rules and display the integrity required to be trusted with bigger jobs.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your response,it has provided a little more incite on my question and what i'm looking for. thank you! Thea
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Kelly’s Answer

Hello Thea,

I'd suggest taking some time to explore various job advertisements to find a guard position that aligns with your interests. Many of my schoolmates and colleagues began their careers in seasonal guard roles at places like amusement parks, sports stadiums, or retail stores. If you're not a fan of working outside in harsh weather, you might not thrive in a role that involves traffic duty or outdoor responsibilities. Similarly, if you're not keen on a lot of walking, you might want to avoid roles that involve regular "guard tours" or "rounds".

If you're a whiz at resolving issues over the phone, a role in a dispatch center could be a perfect fit, keeping you protected from the weather. However, bear in mind that every dispatch emergency role I've experienced involved recorded phone and radio lines, which might not suit everyone, especially if you're uncomfortable with the idea of your voice being constantly recorded.

If you're confident in dealing with conflicts and would relish the satisfaction of catching small-time criminals, you might find being a loss prevention officer rewarding. There's a myriad of opportunities out there, it's just about discovering the right one for you!

You could also consider enhancing your skills with additional training or relevant higher education courses. Most of the positions I've held required CPR/AED certification, plus a valid license to practice in the state where I worked.

Kelly recommends the following next steps:

Obtain a state security license or certification.
List what features are important to you in a guard position
See if keywords that you listed align with open job posts.
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