Careers advice for #NextGen at International Security Expo

Anna Averkiou was delighted to be asked to speak to Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) at the International Security Expo in December 2019 as part of the Security Institute's #NextGen initiative to encourage young people to consider careers in the security sector. 


Speaking about her career as a journalist, she helped to emphasise the diverse range of roles that are linked to security and took part in a Panel Q&A session with Alison Jackson from Nineteen Events, Michael Bell ASyI from Canary Wharf Group and Lawrence Stone from Pafi Ltd.  The Cadets asked a great array of questions that focused on everything from GDPR, to the logistics of CCTV surveillance and the security considerations behind large scale events such as ISE.

The Cadets then toured around the exhibition in small groups and spoke to the various organisations that were exhibiting. Many of the Cadets got involved with live-demonstrations of some of the industry’s cutting-edge technology, again often asking insightful questions about the engineering of the products and the various risks we currently face.

Speaking after the event, Anna Averkiou commented: “This year’s ISE (2019) was my most enjoyable trade event to date – in part because the #NextGen participants were so enthusiastic about future career possibilities. After the initial talk, I kept bumping into them around the stands and they seemed to be asking all the right questions!

"The Security Institute’s initiative is impressive and I do hope that as many organisations as possible are able to offer work experience and apprenticeships to help these young people get their feet on the jobs ladder.”

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Anna is Media Advisor to the Security Institute.
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