- How long have you worked in security & what drew you to the industry?
I joined Paladin Security in Halifax in January 2014 as a casual Security Officer before becoming a full-time employee at the Halifax Infirmary Hospital in May 2014. I was drawn to the security industry because of my desire to pursue a career in law enforcement. I knew that working in security would provide me with valuable experience and I was particularly interested in healthcare security, and Paladin gave me the opportunity to work in that field.
- What unique traits do you feel women bring to security?
I think women bring diversity to an industry that has historically been very male-dominated. Women have a unique perspective and a different outlook, which can be extremely helpful in emergency situations. Women bring a sense of compassion to the security industry, and this allows them to communicate effectively and quickly de-escalate a situation. We are seeing more women than ever enter the field, bringing with them many valuable skills.
- Why are women in leadership so important for the growth of the industry?
I think it comes down to equality. It’s so important for the growth of a company, and an industry in general, to encourage female employees to pursue leadership roles. Women are becoming increasingly career-driven, and their confidence and motivation make them an asset to any organization.
- How do you see our roles evolving in the future?
I think it will become more and more common for women to be in positions of authority. A diverse workplace is desirable because it provides a much broader range of insights and ideas. Now that women are seen as equals, they are rising to the challenge and advancing their careers by taking on more leadership roles.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass on to women following in your footsteps?
My advice would be that if you want to be successful, then you have to be persistent, positive and personable. Being confident in what you do and having a positive attitude is so important on the road to success!
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