Security • Police • Fire Career Expo, held March 3, 2020, at the International Centre, Mississauga, Ont. hosted approximately 200 security, fire and police professionals, along with college students enrolled in Protection, Security and Investigation; Police Foundations; and related programs.
Students were able to meet with mentors from all three disciplines who dispensed advice and shared wisdom from their professional careers. The event was also supported by more than 30 exhibitors, including CAMH, Cadillac Fairview, CN Tower, GardaWorld, Paragon Security, Paladin Security, Toronto Police, RCMP, York Regional Police, Correctional Service of Canada, Canadian Armed Forces, GO Transit / Metrolinx, and Logixx Security.
Keynote speaker Kwesi Millington (introduced by Harry Harsch, chief of staff, Commissionaires), spoke about the challenges of being a first responder, the importance of maintaining balance in personal and professional life, and how to find resiliency in the face of adversity.
A mock interview panel, comprising established professionals from police, fire and security, invited volunteers to the stage, who bravely answered questions they would likely face in a real job interview situation. Following each answer, the panel offered critiques and advice such as: appropriate dress (you can never be overdressed), maintaining composure, saying enough (but not too much), carefully considering answers before speaking, painting a mental picture and describing scenarios, anticipating follow-up questions, and knowing that you are evaluating your potential employer as they are evaluating you.
The event was hosted and presented by Canadian Security magazine, Blue Line magazine, Canadian Firefighter magazine, Firehall Book Store and Firehall Forum. Stay tuned for details on Security • Police • Fire Career Expo 2021.
Photos: PJ Boyd
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