Case study: Julie YoungJulie Young, Director and Co Owner of Beaufort Major security services has more than 25 years experience in the security industry and advises others to do a job they enjoy and to want to do their best.
Director and Owner, Beaufort Major Security
I left school after completing my A-levels and I joined the Army at 20, and went to Sandhurst to undergo Officer Training.
I served in the Army for 8 years with most of my time spent training new recruits as well as Management, Administration, Training and Finance. I also completed a Diploma in Management during this time.
Upon leaving the Army in 1996, I trained as a Close Protection Officer with TASK International. I deployed on my first task 2 months after completing my course and over the next three years, I worked in Close Protection and Surveillance. I worked with Diplomats and Foreign Royalty both in armed and unarmed roles on a global basis.
After 3 years, I went back in to management, initially working as an operations manager and after 2 years, I became the Operations Director for a generalist security company and I stayed in this position for 15 years. My work there included everything from overseeing projects, managing managers and staff, liaison with clients, contract negotiations, recruitment of consultants and full time employees for the business, setting up business premises, achieving formal accreditations, seeking new business, training personnel, establishing practices and procedures, and dealing with all financial requirements within the company.
In 2014, I left this role and set up a security company, Beaufort Major with my business partner, Mary Jones. I believe we are the first security company run and owned by women.
The Security Industry
When I decided to leave the Army, I looked at what opportunities were out there within my existing skill set. I found that I had attended as many courses as I could, which I felt would open doors for me if I wanted to remain in a similar industry.
When I was looking at the resettlement courses available I came across one to train as a Close Protection Officer. It involved, driving, shooting, fitness etc. all the things I had enjoyed when I was in the Army, so it felt like a good fit for me at the time.
Even though my family are in the security industry I didn’t really know what opportunities existed for the long term. There is a lack of awareness and publicity surrounding women who have achieved within the industry. But I have become increasingly aware of the positions and opportunities that are out there and the number of women filling such appointments.
More and more companies are receptive to having females in key positions because they have recognised the strengths we have and what we bring to the business, and it is this knowledge that will encourage the future generations.
Advice to others
Always look to do a job that you think you will enjoy. You are potentially going to be working a long time and so enjoying what you do is crucial.
Try to determine what routes you need to explore to get the best out of yourself and the industry you are looking to get in to, so you have a future plan. Ideally don’t just take a job, look at where it might take you in the future.
Explore whatever options are presented to you and establish if the courses you are doing are going to actually make a difference. Meet with different companies and actually ask the question: “If I was to undertake this course, would you employ me?”, “Am I truly suitable for this type of role?”.
It is about strength of mind, standards and professionalism and wanting to do the very best at whatever one does.
People can be inspired by those individuals who have managed to achieve within the industry and it is via groups, presentations and talking to such people that the options available to you and your career will become clearer.