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What dose a typical day look like as a security guard?

I asked this question because i want to know if its something i would enjoy

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Kelly’s Answer

Hi Thea,

One question to ask yourself is what parts of the security job description would give you the most joy and pleasure in a day? I have worked in the protective services field for almost my entire adult life and I looked at the aspects that me happiness.

1. One piece is the setting- If you love the bustle of an event venue and want access to concerts, conferences, etc., you will love event security officer work.

2. Another factor is working onsite and public interaction. The Covid-19 pandemic split the business world into onsite, hybrid, and remote workers. Security work is essential and onsite. If this is your preferred work setting, your workplace satisfaction will surely increase.

3. Evaluate your situational awareness. Do you notice patterns in people's routines, try to predict movement, and always evaluate safety? This is important when determining potential threats to property, or people. If a factor goes unnoticed, unreported, or otherwise, and your employer has CCTV cameras, leaders may review this and ask why you were not paying attention or did not speak up.

4. Leading from my last point, are you okay with taking the initiative? In almost every role, I had to ask people difficult questions, be able to reiterate rules, and advise others to make ethical decisions. I do not consider security a job for people who are shy.
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Najm’s Answer

Well, it depends on what you'd be guarding, the traffic and the amount and type of people you'll encounter. For instance, some security jobs major requirement is to watch monitors to ensure security of a facility or area. Others may require security checkpoints for personnel entering and exiting a facility, this involves more human interaction and some potential headaches with those that don't like to follow protocols/rules and the like. Then there are other security guards that need to maintain extensive training and high alert due to where they are and what they are guarding. So it can range from being exciting and spontaneous to monotonous. It just depends who or what company you're working for and the type of security you're providing.
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