The security industry and its associated bodies believe they are moving toward professionalization; however, a sign of a true profession is the employment and development of graduates. Unlike established professionals, the security industry lacks such graduate employment and this has to change. The time where an organisation can employ an ex-police or defence person may be coming to an end as a higher professionalization is required. Today’s modern society relies on professionals to solve complex problems, who commenced their careers as graduates from universities. However, university education impart a foundational, abstract body of knowledge that is contextualised and further developed into professional competence and ultimately, refined into expertise in the work place.
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