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    Ever get to a point in your career and ask yourself what your purpose or role is? I have been working security for a year now, and I have been asking myself just what have I done. I feel like I just show up to work and collect a paycheck. In the past year I have actually made a few arrests, but I feel like that's minute to all of the hours I work. I love my job, but then again it is only my college job.

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    Being a company owner for a number of years, I had to re-invent myself some months to find out what my purpose was rather than provide employment for people. Yes there are bad days and there are very bad days but then I found there are those memorable days including the day I assigned a good security officer the role of security for a model in our boutiques for 4 hours. He went out and got a haircut, a shave and made himself A1 (even more than usual) and thanked me for choosing him. She has since asked for him again for her next fashion show so all went well. Those days are few and far between but I think everyday you go home safe and sound is what your purpose is.
    "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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    • #3
      Does your Agency offer other assignments? Such as dive team, K9 or other specialized positions? That maybe just what you need.

      Be Safe,

      Hank
      " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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      • #4
        Been there myself Buckshot, Check out Hank1's advice for sure.

        I truly believe everyone has a purpose in life thing is we have to find it ourselves. When you say "it's just a college job", does that mean that this is What you are doing to get you through college or security for a college?

        Every now and then we need to "take inventory" on our lives, in all areas. Try to figure out What truly makes you happy in life, might be a lifestyle change or actually looking for a new job/career. There is a significant difference between waking up and saying "I have to go to work" and "I get to go to work", why can't work be fun. My dad used to say "a bad day off is better than a good day at work", I just can't live that way personally so I chose not to.

        All the best Bro.
        I'm the guy you don't want to be around when your doing something wrong, but you can't wait for me to get there when your down, to fix you up...

        If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

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        • #5
          Join the National Guard and get sent to Iraq. Plenty of thrills over there if that's what you want.

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          • #6
            No......I've been working at this hotel for 26 years this past week (minus 2 years when I was temporarily sent to a sister hotel but was still paid by this one). Even after 26 years I find new things all the time!
            I enforce rules and regulations, not laws.
            Security Officers. The 1st First Responders.

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            • #7
              In my first shift working CPP with 1 company I was made walk a hotel corridor and was asked to count bricks for 2 hours. The reason was to see if I had the patience to follow an order and to keep the same due diligence for the 2 hour post (not to do an audit for the hotel). Perhaps do some industry reading, some training course or some specialised study on WHERE you would like to move to in the industry.
              "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer" Sun Tzu

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BUCKSHOT View Post
                Ever get to a point in your career and ask yourself what your purpose or role is? I have been working security for a year now, and I have been asking myself just what have I done. I feel like I just show up to work and collect a paycheck. In the past year I have actually made a few arrests, but I feel like that's minute to all of the hours I work. I love my job, but then again it is only my college job.
                No matter what one does, others are affected by what one does. You may have smiled or said a kind word and changed the day for someone. An arrest you've made may have helped put someone on 'the right track'. Your presence may have caused someone to feel protected or changed someone's mind about what they were about to do. Whatever you do you accomplish something. Figuring out what that something is can be frustrating.

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                • #9
                  I can fully appreciate what you're feeling... after more than 15 years in my 'other job' I found myself quite disillusioned, I believe this is normal... what you do about it is up to you completely, me I took a different career direction and found myself in the Security Industry LOL

                  Our minds, perceptions of self & our life require constant reassessment... challenges help us to achieve that, some go back to school, whilst others change careers, move Interstate/abroad (travelling) OR take up a new hobby

                  If we don't move... we stagnate!
                  Last edited by Maelstrom; 10-23-2007, 11:32 PM.
                  "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BUCKSHOT View Post
                    Ever get to a point in your career and ask yourself what your purpose or role is? I have been working security for a year now, and I have been asking myself just what have I done. I feel like I just show up to work and collect a paycheck. In the past year I have actually made a few arrests, but I feel like that's minute to all of the hours I work. I love my job, but then again it is only my college job.
                    This line of work is just like police work. Its hours of mind numbing boredom with moments of shear terror sprinkled in.
                    "You gotta look like Rico Suave, Think like Einstein and, only if that fails...fight like Tyson." -Dougo83's FTO

                    Me- "Should we call the police?" My FTO- "Justin, here, we are the police. Go get em."

                    Originally posted by Black Caesar
                    some people just need killin!!!!! (Or Tasing, or pepper spraying or whatever).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JB diligence View Post
                      Been there myself Buckshot, Check out Hank1's advice for sure.

                      I truly believe everyone has a purpose in life thing is we have to find it ourselves. When you say "it's just a college job", does that mean that this is What you are doing to get you through college or security for a college?

                      Every now and then we need to "take inventory" on our lives, in all areas. Try to figure out What truly makes you happy in life, might be a lifestyle change or actually looking for a new job/career. There is a significant difference between waking up and saying "I have to go to work" and "I get to go to work", why can't work be fun. My dad used to say "a bad day off is better than a good day at work", I just can't live that way personally so I chose not to.

                      All the best Bro.
                      JB~
                      You are absolutley right. I enjoy doing what I have done for the past 10 years. The only problem is keeping up with the younger troops! And sometimes, I'm just happy watching the youngs one do their thing! LOL! Variety is the spice of life. Part of the fun is finding what gives your life purpose. Then do that one thing.


                      Hank
                      " We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on one hand and of overwhelming force on the other" - General George C. Marshall

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