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Security work can be dangerous and you have to be willing to put yourself in a risky position to protect others. Many people will be relying on you to keep anti-social behaviour at bay.
There are a range of positions available, which means that it’s a great industry for those who don’t wish to follow a set career path. Maybe you could be part of the security team for Beyonce’s next tour? Or be a red carpet bodyguard? There are also security teams needed at all filming and sporting events.
There are increasingly more roles available in cyber security, which is centred on protecting the public from online security threats. This would be a great way to enter the industry for those who are proficient in IT. Mi5 recruits a number of school leavers every year to train up in digital security and help keep the country safe.
Traditionally the security workforce is predominantly male, which is partly due to it attracting a lot of ex-military professionals (women were excluded from combat roles until 2016.) However, there are professional societies set up to support women in this industry and champion their professional development.
There are a variety of extra qualifications that you can pursue in security to further your skillset. For example, you could take a course in vehicle immobilisation, CCTV or even handcuffing to make you more specialised.