Is Body Guarding all it’s cracked up to be?
Ask a Security Guard on the midnight shift what they’d rather be doing for a job and they’ll often talk to you about being a bodyguard for the rich and famous. Access, travel, once in a lifetime situations, but is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Be prepared to travel
The beauty of working in the security industry is that you can do it just about anywhere. This means that no matter where you and your family want to put down roots you’ll be able to find ample employment in the local area. When you work as a bodyguard you can’t make the same assumption. Rather than being tied to a premises or company, you’re now contracted to an individual. The more famous and influential your client is the more you’re likely to have to travel. As you’re providing a service rather than companionship you’ll never be consulted as to whether it fits into your schedule. Be prepared for plenty of short notice travel changes at the eleventh hour.
When you work on the door or guard a premises you have a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into as you’ve been there and done it. Working with high profile individuals provides something unique: a magnified level of attention. This can take the form of fans, journalists, and during exclusive events you’ll have the added presence of other high net worth individuals. This will put your skills in the spotlight as you seek to remain unseen and highly effective in high profile situations where all eyes are on your client who will often be just feet away.
Focus on your core skills
If an opportunity presents itself and it is what you want to do for you career then certainly you should go for it. The most important thing to remember is that no matter where you are and what you’re doing, the fundamentals of security remain the same. Good judgement, a calming demeanour, and a trained eye are all transferable skills that will serve you well in any situation. Build up your skill set with regular training and refresher courses and you’ll be able to work with the confidence and peace of mind that you’ve prepared the right way.