Making a New Career Choice for Those New to Ontario
Welcome! Moving is rarely fun, especially countries or provinces. But whatever brought you to Ontario took a lot of courage and motivation.
There are many jobs to choose from in Ontario, yet many can be difficult for newcomers. For over 20 years, PPI has supported newcomers in getting their security guard licenses and offers various security certifications. A role in Security can be rewarding and a great start to a lifelong career in an exciting industry.
A career in Security offers many avenues and opportunities, there are several types of roles in Security, often paying above average for newcomers. It’s relatively easy to obtain your security guard licenses which include 40-hour security training along with C.P.R. and first aid training. Once you’ve completed the training, you can take the exam and apply for a security guard licence. After receiving your security licence, finding employment is often easy; there are several companies looking for qualified security guards.
Becoming a security guard is a significant first step to many exciting positions within Security.
Build A Career Around Your Lifestyle
Once you have your security guard license, it opens the door to other areas of advancement and opportunities for you. Whether you are looking for a full-time, part-time, or on contract basis, Security roles offers flexibility that most positions don’t.
For example, certain roles require regular staffing based on standard business hours, giving you stability and safety within your role. These roles can be concierge or building security roles. Yet, if you want a more flexible schedule due to family or schooling obligations, a position as a mobile patrol or within the healthcare sector where shift work is more common; this type of role is often a great match for those who desire shift work or flexible schedule. In metropolitan areas where large or special events are hosted, theses almost always need temporary guard services; connecting with a company that offers temporary guard services is great if you want to make a little extra income or need flexible work hours.
In a recent survey by Gallup, 15% of surveyed employees shared they are truly happy at work. One key to happiness at work is knowing what’s important and which type of lifestyle you want to have. This includes thinking about your work schedule whether working during business hours or preferring evenings and weekends to enjoy your personal time when others are at work, is vital to knowing what role would suit you best. As the standard workday has evolved, more people are looking for flexibility and control over their time. Security roles offer this flexibility and autonomy, letting you decide what your schedule will be to put the important things first.
Grow As a Security Guard
As you grow in your role as a security guard, there are several continuing education options to help hone your skills in becoming a specialist. Most certification programs require a certain number of work hours to qualify for certification. Your work as a security guard can often be applied to these requirements.
Depending on your aspirations, PPI offers applied and technical training in areas such as:
- Active Bicycle Patrol Techniques
- Edged Weapons Defence
- Active Attacker Awareness
- Management of Resistive Behaviours (M.O.R.B.)
- Fire Warden Training
These are only a few of the Applied and Technical Certification Courses offered.
Another alternative, if you want to fast-track your career and don’t want to take years getting ‘on-the-job’ training, the Certified Advanced Security Practitioner (C.A.S.P.) is ideal. The training is 75-hours of self-paced learning in 23 courses that cover the most fundamental programs required for all market sectors.
C.A.S.P. bypass’ the obstacle of multiple training programs and timelines, giving you the best education in the shortest period of time.
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As a newcomer, you bring a lot of experience, determination, perseverance, and courage to the workplace. You’ve overcome hurdles that others may never have in a lifetime. These qualities can’t be taught in a classroom, virtual or in person, and yet you already have them. Acknowledging your skills is the first step in succeeding in your new role. A career in Security is exciting, rewarding, with many opportunities to grow. Check out our article on 5 Types of Roles in Security for additional inspiration on a career in Security.
If a role in Security is part of your future, stop waiting, and enroll or download the brochure to start today.