CAREER CHOICES: WHERE TO BEGIN
In this day and age, with the internet providing us with almost too much information (and instantly), decision-making is becoming increasingly difficult for some. While having that level of knowledge at your fingertips is somewhat of a blessing, some people find it to also be a hindrance. As someone who is seeking a new career, whether new into the workforce, or someone looking for a career change, there is a plethora of information out there to help (or inundate!) your decision. A word to the wise (you know who you are!) is to focus on your interests, and then the local job market, and try to combine the two – the number of jobs in Toronto will make you think a part of you can do them all! While you might be able to, you also need to enjoy where you will end up spending a large portion of your life.
YOU HAVE A FEW OPTIONS UNDER ‘SERVE AND PROTECT’
Should your search results always vie towards serving and protecting, you have too many options to cover here in this blog! The first career that comes to most people’s minds is to become a part of a police force. While there is a high demand for police officers at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, policing isn’t for everyone, or there may be reasons one cannot become a police officer. That said, there is the option to obtain an Ontario private investigator licence and/or an Ontario security guard licence. Both of which can become quite advantageous, and both of which have many different routes that can be chased!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL SECURITY GUARD
There are many full- and part-time jobs in Toronto that need to be filled, which poses a great opportunity for those looking to gain employment – to be more precise, there are so many security jobs! As of today, there are over 7,500 security job postings in Toronto (indeed.com- the security guard jobs are bountiful). As an Ontario security guard, your role would be to detect any inappropriate activity, deter that activity, and/or report any findings – attention to detail is critical. Security guards are often trained to detain people, operate emergency equipment (an example would be an AED, which is an automated external defibrillator), and become highly attuned to accurate note-taking. There are many additional courses a potential student can take, on top of the Ontario security licence, such as (but not limited to!) cyber security courses, use of force training (tactical handcuffing and baton) and information security training. Your level of expertise doesn’t have to end with a security licence course!
TORONTO SECURITY COURSES
In Ontario, one needs a valid security guard licence, which is obtained after completing a 40-hour security course, that needs to be regulated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS). Ontario security training covers various topics and also includes a (mandatory) First Aid and CPR portion. The aforementioned courses above- cybersecurity, use of force, etc. are choices, but choices that give you a competitive edge in a city of near 3 million! Once you have completed the course, you need to write the provincial security test (and pay the appropriate fee) and then apply for your Ontario Security Guard Licence!
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
At The Smith Investigation Agency, we pride ourselves on our stellar reputation when considering the security guard training we offer! If you’re serious about obtaining your security licence, don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer Security Guard Training Online throughout Ontario but specifically in Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughn, Oakville, Hamilton, Niagara, London, Cambridge, Kitchener, Windsor, Kingston, Cornwall, Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Barrie, Ottawa and beyond. On top of the security training we provide, we also offer AIRMILES reward miles, we are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and we have won numerous prestigious awards. On top of all of that, our testimonials speak for themselves! Should you need (or just want!) any further information on how to obtain your Ontario security guard licence (or your Ontario private investigator course- or both!), don’t delay. We can help you prepare for the many available security jobs in Toronto and beyond!
Article written by: Kala Bishop is a licenced Private Investigator from British Columbia. Colleagues, friends and family call her Kala. While driving on kid’s field trips, she is referred to as Ms. Bishop. Her favourite though is Mom, and she is a happy blend of all. She is an intern PI and she puts a witty spin on The Smith Investigation Agency blog.