The security team’s main objective is to ensure that buildings, valuables and people are safe and secure at all times. Job roles within the security sector include Head of Security, Private Security Officers, Bodyguards and Security Guards.
Although many security roles do not need any formal qualifications, there are many traits that a good security officer must have to ensure the safety of buildings, people and valuables under their care.
Security officers must have a good knowledge of public safety and security, pay attention to detail, can remain calm in stressful situations and have good communication skills. Applicants must be over 18 and pass all enhanced background checks to begin working in security.
Depending on your knowledge and expertise, you can work for a number of organisations and private clients. Job roles may include patrolling and monitoring premises aided by CCTV systems, guarding clients as they travel between locations, supervising at corporate events or guarding cash or other valuables.
Previous experience in the armed forces or police force may be beneficial for career development but is not necessary, however, you may need to complete your Close Protection Operative licence to be able to work in certain countries. Security personnel must have the ability to work well with others and have the concentration skills to stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all time.
Private security officer requirements will depend on the job role, but many organisations and private clients will like to see several years of previous job experience and a full driving licence, while some may require you to speak more than one language.