I never thought of landing a security guard job when I was growing up. Children don’t normally say that they want to be a security guard when they’re asked what they want to be when they grow up. It’s usually something along the lines of being a policeman, a pilot, a firefighter, or other similarly exciting jobs.
But, sometime during my high school years, I came to see the promise of making a career out of being a security guard. It’s a relatively uneventful job and quite solitary if you think about it. But, it is also an interesting job especially if you work in a busy establishment – the night shifts are still kind of a challenge for me. The fact that I did not have the luxury or time and money to get a four year degree, bolstered my interest in becoming a security guard. And so, I researched my options and found out how I could start a career as a security guard.
My first hurdle was to get certified in a 2-year associate degree program in line with criminal justice or security management studies. I heard that some establishments do not really require formal education to hire a security guard. But since I was serious in making it a career and I wanted to get into the top security firms, I opted to gain the necessary education and training to be able to get accepted into the best security guard jobs.
Just like in any other college course, my security guard course involved basic skills as oral and written communication, math, problem solving, and decision making. Additional competencies such as those with regard to security legislation, standard operating procedures, weaponry, surveillance, first aid, and detection among others were also tackled during the course of my schooling.
After completing my associate’s degree, I then had to undergo licensing which meant that I had to take a written examination, a back ground check, and a drug test. By the time I was 20, I was ready to be employed as a security guard. In the California hotel where I am now working, I have to continue to attend eight hours of additional training every year to retain my license and to be able to continue growing in the career.