The work of a bodyguard is to assess any possible threat for their clients and put any necessary measures to avoid them from happening. The type
The work of a bodyguard is to assess any possible threat for their clients and put any necessary measures to avoid them from happening.
The type of people requiring the services of close protection officers range from witnesses in a court case, celebrities or members of the royal family. Top executives in a multimillion company would also be in need of these services to keep them safe from angry investors or environmental activists.
The job has various extremes ranging from dinners in high end restaurants, even though you do not share the table with your principle, to cruise trips, to being thoroughly bored to your wits with a whole day of ideleness if your client decides to stay indoors.
The hours put in on a typical day vary from principle to principle. You could be lucky to be dropping off and picking up a 4 year old to their preschool. You could be unlucky to be minding a young adult whose life revolves around clubbing late into the night. If you are in a serious relationship, your partner needs to be very understanding. However, you are at liberty to find out what your job really entails and assess the roles and responsibilities before signing that contract.
Being alert to your environment, being composed even in a stressful situation and quick decision making are all desirable features for a bodyguard. You also need when to make yourself noticed and when to maintain a low profile. Your clients will be from a different background and culture and you need to respect them as they are.
For a very long time only men could work as close protection officers, but as the client base grows, so does the opportunities for women. In some cultures like the Muslim, a female client can only have a female minder. Some also prefer a female bodyguard for their wives and children.
However, women do face a lot of challenges in proving themselves as able as their male counterparts but once this is achieved, they has an easy task as they blend in perfectly as the sister or best friend of the female client or a doting mother to the 5 year old principle.
Those leaving the military have a fall back career and their service to their country. Also, other security agents such as general security guards and door minders can upgrade their training skills and become close protection executives.
There are plenty of training institutes for close protection courses and it is recommended that you choose on that has a good reputation for your training. After training, you need to expand your network territories as this is the best means to landing jobs in this industry.
Once you have completed the training and passed the set exam, you will get a license from Security Industry Authority (SIA)
When starting out, it is prudent not to be so selective in the jobs that you get. In most cases, they will seem trivial and not worthy of your time and all the training you have undertaken. Start small and aim higher. In this industry, you could be chasing off paparazzi today and tomorrow, you are escorting a royal princess to Paris for shopping.