EP 27. Young Professionals in Protection – Getting Started in the Security Industry | Matthew Porcelli

How hard is it to be a young professional today in the Executive Protection space today? 

In this week’s episode, we’re going to be talking to Matthew Porcelli, CPP to explore what it means to be a young professional in the industry. While we also go over some tips and tricks on how to stand out and give out some real advice for young EP professionals just breaking into the field.

This is a very timely topic as there are lots of people coming into the marketplace looking for work. And while the world is opening up again with expanded opportunities, it can still be very hard to break into the industry because as some have described, there are “too many bums and not enough seats.” 

So, listen in on this episode to gather some timely insights and tips as we discussed the following topics:

  • What are the advantages of being a young professional in the security industry?
  • How does a young professional go about promoting themselves while still remaining the gray man or the quiet professional? 
  • What is the biggest gripe with the way young professionals are treated these days?
  • Is it an urban myth that millennials and gen Z are too self-congratulatory and too self-entitled? 
  • And finally, how can a young professional truly stand out?

 Matthew leaves us all with some sage advice when he says:

 “People in general are impatient. It’s just the way it is. It’s all about how you utilize the time that you’re given until you realize that dream.”


More about Matthew: 

Matthew Porcelli, CPP is a private security manager/consultant who has acquired more than 10 years of experience in the private security sector working for clients from international airlines to corporate global headquarters, and alongside municipal, state, and federal law enforcement partners. He is certified as a CPP, holds a Masters degree in Administration of Justice and Security, and a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Porcelli volunteers as a Community Vice President with ASIS International and authored numerous articles, white papers, and book reviews on global security topics ranging from airline/travel security to security leadership and management.


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