By Doc Rogers
The following is usable information to start your career off on the right track and will help you alleviate potential career problems along the way.
When first starting out in the bodyguard industry, after being properly trained by a recognized organization, you should start thinking about where you want to go and what you want to achieve. With the increasing risk of crime, terrorism and armed psychopaths worldwide, the sky is the limit when it comes to your bodyguard career potential.
Form a clear picture on how you want your bodyguard career to unfold; make a mental outline and then write down your specific career goals in stages. Here’s an example you can follow if you’d like:
Stage One – Land a high-paying job as a bodyguard on a celebrity protection team (CPT) or executive protection unit (EPU). Don’t underestimate this stage, it’s where you’ll gain field expertise and get plugged in on how to run a team of bodyguards in a professional manner. Outline your specific goals to get to this beginning stage of your career.
Stage Two – Become promoted to the Detail Leader (DL) on the CPT or EPU managing a team of professionals. You will get here by careful and deliberate planning. This is the phase of your career where you transfer all your knowledge and skills learned in Stage One to your own team. Set realistic goals and document them.
Stage Three – Become owner of an exclusive protective firm that caters to clients from the celebrity and/or corporate sector. You are now a highly trained professional; you have been well-disciplined during stages one and two and have advanced up the career ladder in a methodical manner.
At this stage of your career you will be in charge of your own company with operational matters that are particular to running a high-productivity and profitable bodyguard business. You coordinate and oversee the day-to-day business activities, which includes negotiating and planning the bodyguard assignments for your clients and delegating the jobs to your employees. The subject of running your own executive protection company is too deep to cover in this article, but I’m sure you catch the drift.
To reach the three achievement stages shown in the examples above will be challenging and success does not come easy. You’ll need to remain a student of the game, you’ll need to continue adding skills and training as you work your way up the ladder.
Make a committed decision today; make an outline of the career you want, take action on key goals and objectives every week. Try to find EP professionals in your area, who are willing to be a career mentor, start building a support network and start your educational journey. When time and funds permit take a basic business management course, learn about business leadership, and continue to take bodyguard training programs, certifications and seminars conducted by professionals in the business.
Keep a clear vision, stay focused and motivated. Associate with others who share your same dreams and ideas in the bodyguard business, having such a support network will keep you on the right track.
The three career stages in the example represent an approximate 5 to 10 year goal and will not happen overnight. Take action, every step you take should lead you in the right direction for your bodyguard career goals. With single minded determination and focus, you will get there, maybe sooner than you think, so unleash your career potential today. Good luck and God speed.
Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security. To learn how to make a full time living as a corporate bodyguard visit the websites below for more information.