Matthew Porcelli, CPP discusses the ongoing ‘Security from Around the World’ series and highlights key insights from ASIS International chapter members.
With a constantly evolving world and security field, it is imperative that each global region not only has a diverse understanding of global security best practices but also that diverse, new and transitioning security professionals know what to expect when looking for a primary or secondary career in the private sector.
Siloed approaches are a thing of the past. We are in a world where organisational footprints and regional job markets are not what they were 20-30 years ago. Expansion is inevitable and new and current careerists must stay up to date on regional job markets and what that career will look like. Even though regional security threats evolve, four groups remain constant when exploring the next generation of security professionals in the private sector: Transitioning law enforcement; Transitioning military; Women in security and young professionals.
It is the regional perspectives and personal insights of those who fall under the aforementioned categories which act as a voice of guidance and mentorship to assist those finding foundation or transitioning into the private security sector. Furthermore, this is not a one size fits all concept. Each of these groups have varying levels of acceptance or influence in different parts of the globe.
In late 2021, I was inspired to research more into this concept as a way to not only assist those in the above groups to find their niche in this extraordinarily exciting field, but to also ensure that each region has a voice and is ushered to the forefront of the industry. With the continually strong partnership between ISJ’s editorial team, ASIS International’s Director of Communications, Andy Cutler, and myself, a different ASIS Chapter was to be featured per month to allow frontline insight – based on the following points – along with an introduction from the ASIS Chapter Chair of the current, regional security framework:
ASIS Chapters highlighted for the first quarter of the year were:
What added to this project’s uniqueness was that each of the ASIS chapter members featured in the articles had multi-perspective inputs such as a young professional who was female, a young professional transitioning out of law enforcement or military into the private sector. Some examples of great insight shared by the project’s contributors were:
The commonality among the security professionals highlighted can be summed up in that confident proactivity is imperative when trying to climb the ladder or transition across to the private sector. Nowadays, especially in the inevitably hybrid world that COVID-19 has accelerated humanity into, one will see more private security career paths rather than proprietary ones.
Granted, different parts of the world will have some differences in this approach, however, it is important to grasp that as time goes on, the more different nations and career paths will be intertwined. Moreover, one cannot afford to rush into a position without researching the pros and cons.
In essence, whether looking for a career or transitioning from the public to the private sector, ASIS International global chapters assist mentoring those regardless of what stage of their career. Each of the contributors shared hardships they endured while on this career journey. Everyone has to start somewhere. Just remember that the security field is global and you do not need to receive career advice within your own geographic borders. Learn from and respect your global counterparts – it makes the journey rich and fulfilling!
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This article was originally published in the June edition of ISJ. To read your FREE digital copy, click here.