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SERCURITY MONITOR: Getting To Know Her Community Through Work Study

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Carol is the security monitor at a residence hall in her university. Her job is to sign in residents and visitors to the dorm and to make sure that the community is safe. Through interacting with the residents, Carol has gotten to know the community at her university better.

Job Title: Security Monitor
Employer: University of California, Berkeley

Job Summary: Security Guard, Gaming Surveillance Officers and Investigators

Job Description

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and inspect property against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They monitor people and buildings in an effort to prevent crime.

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers typically do the following:

-Protect and enforce laws on an employer’s property
-Monitor alarms and closed-circuit TV cameras
-Control access for employees, visitors, and outside contractors
-Conduct security checks over a specified area
-Write comprehensive reports outlining what they observed while on patrol
-Interview witnesses for later court testimony
-Detain criminal violators

On-the-Job Training

Medium amount of on-the-job training can be expected initially.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by ASIS International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
16 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Outdoor, Physically demanding, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Courageous, Strength/stamina

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m='9720'>the</span> <span m='9820'>week</span> <span m='9960'>it</span> <span m='10100'>is.</span> <span m='10500'>Monday's</span> <span m='10880'>usually</span> <span m='11330'>people</span> <span m='11520'>are</span> <span m='11610'>really</span> <span m='11990'>sluggish,</span> <span m='12170'>because</span> <span m='12320'>it's</span> <span m='12660'>Monday.</span> <span m='13110'>But</span> <span m='13450'>everyone's</span> <span m='13750'>really</span> <span m='13940'>nice</span> <span m='14220'>and I</span> <span m='14320'>like</span> <span m='14490'>chatting</span> <span m='14760'>with the</span> <span m='14920'>residents</span> <span m='15205'>as</span> <span m='15490'>I</span> <span m='15570'>swipe</span> <span m='15790'>them</span> <span m='16050'>in and out.</span> <span m='16250'>So</span> <span m='16700'>I</span> <span m='17050'>like to think</span> <span m='17310'>it's quite</span> <span m='17590'>enjoyable.</span> </p><p><span m='18240'>I</span> <span m='18430'>make</span> <span m='18630'>sure</span> <span m='18840'>that</span> <span m='19030'>the</span> <span m='19100'>people</span> <span m='19310'>who</span> <span m='19390'>live</span> <span m='19540'>in</span> <span m='19580'>the</span> <span m='19630'>dorms</span> <span m='19910'>actually</span> <span m='20200'>live there,</span> <span m='20610'>and</span> <span m='20780'>the</span> <span m='20850'>people</span> <span m='21150'>who</span> <span m='21240'>are</span> <span m='21340'>visitors,</span> <span m='22550'>I have</span> <span m='22750'>to</span> <span m='22850'>sign them</span> <span m='23040'>in and</span> <span m='23300'>out.</span> <span m='23770'>So</span> <span m='24170'>what</span> <span m='24470'>I'm</span> <span m='24590'>responsible</span> <span m='24990'>for is</span> <span m='25310'>making</span> <span m='25610'>sure</span> <span m='25840'>that</span> <span m='26120'>the</span> <span m='26370'>community</span> <span m='26700'>is safe.</span> <span m='27040'>And</span> <span m='27190'>I</span> <span m='27260'>make</span> <span m='27470'>sure</span> <span m='27750'>that</span> <span m='28130'>I</span> <span m='28220'>log in</span> <span m='28600'>who</span> <span m='28690'>goes in</span> <span m='28850'>and</span> <span m='28950'>out</span> <span m='29280'>just</span> <span m='29380'>to make</span> <span m='29580'>sure</span> <span m='30180'>there's</span> <span m='30570'>a safe</span> <span m='30660'>community.</span> </p><p><span m='31610'>I</span> <span m='31920'>got</span> <span m='32100'>the</span> <span m='32189'>job</span> <span m='32409'>my first</span> <span m='32764'>year</span> <span m='33120'>when</span> <span m='33300'>I was</span> <span m='33490'>a freshman</span> <span m='33720'>at</span> <span m='33770'>Cal.</span> <span m='34130'>I'm now a</span> <span m='34290'>second</span> <span m='34560'>year.</span> <span m='35250'>I</span> <span m='35340'>actually</span> <span m='35580'>saw</span> <span m='35910'>the</span> <span m='37570'>flyer</span> <span m='38040'>for</span> <span m='38190'>the</span> <span m='38300'>job</span> <span m='38670'>outside</span> <span m='38975'>our</span> <span m='39280'>resident</span> <span m='39460'>hall,</span> <span m='39740'>and</span> <span m='39950'>I</span> <span m='40130'>ended</span> <span m='40390'>up</span> <span m='40530'>working</span> <span m='40900'>in</span> <span m='40980'>the</span> <span m='41060'>building</span> <span m='41340'>that</span> <span m='41460'>I</span> <span m='42310'>lived</span> <span m='42480'>at.</span> <span m='42830'>So</span> <span m='43160'>I</span> <span m='43320'>think</span> <span m='43490'>that</span> <span m='43540'>was</span> <span m='43670'>really</span> <span m='43870'>interesting.</span> <span m='44160'>It</span> <span m='44230'>was</span> <span m='44300'>just</span> <span m='44640'>by</span> <span m='44810'>chance</span> <span m='45150'>and</span> <span m='45240'>I</span> <span m='45310'>decided</span> <span m='45620'>to</span> <span m='45720'>apply,</span> <span m='45990'>and</span> <span m='46050'>I</span> <span m='46110'>got</span> <span m='46400'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='46940'>What</span> <span m='47130'>I</span> <span m='47210'>didn't</span> <span m='47570'>know</span> <span m='47800'>about</span> <span m='48100'>the</span> <span m='48200'>job</span> <span m='48590'>before</span> <span m='48880'>I</span> <span m='48950'>did it?</span> <span m='49830'>I</span> <span m='50010'>want</span> <span m='50200'>to</span> <span m='50430'>say</span> <span m='51870'>the</span> <span m='51980'>community</span> <span m='52390'>at</span> <span m='52520'>Cal.</span> <span m='52810'>Because</span> <span m='53070'>I</span> <span m='53140'>think</span> <span m='53420'>working</span> <span m='53660'>as</span> <span m='53790'>a</span> <span m='54360'>security</span> <span m='54700'>monitor</span> <span m='55060'>you</span> <span m='55180'>get</span> <span m='55450'>to</span> <span m='55620'>directly</span> <span m='55980'>interact</span> <span m='56420'>with</span> <span m='56540'>the</span> <span m='56640'>residents</span> <span m='57640'>in</span> <span m='57840'>the</span> <span m='57920'>resident halls.</span> <span m='58350'>And I</span> <span m='58470'>really</span> <span m='58750'>think</span> <span m='59070'>that</span> <span m='59410'>you</span> <span m='59620'>really</span> <span m='59870'>foster</span> <span m='60250'>a</span> <span m='60300'>sense</span> <span m='60570'>of</span> <span m='60720'>family</span> <span m='61080'>and</span> <span m='61140'>a sense of</span> <span m='61500'>community</span> <span m='62180'>in</span> <span m='62340'>the</span> <span m='62420'>way</span> <span m='62640'>that</span> <span m='62840'>you</span> <span m='63240'>get</span> <span m='63440'>to</span> <span m='63510'>see</span> <span m='63710'>familiar</span> <span m='64060'>faces</span> <span m='64430'>as</span> <span m='64650'>you're</span> <span m='64769'>swiping</span> <span m='65110'>people</span> <span m='65400'>in</span> <span m='65500'>and</span> <span m='65550'>out.</span> <span m='65860'>So I</span> <span m='65990'>think</span> <span m='66150'>that's</span> <span m='66330'>really</span> <span m='66670'>interesting.</span> </p><p><span m='67010'>Oh, so</span> <span m='67430'>you make</span> <span m='67750'>sure you</span> <span m='67940'>have</span> <span m='68170'>no strangers</span> <span m='68340'>in there--</span> </p><p><span m='69040'>Definitely.</span> </p><p><span m='69540'>--no people who aren't supposed</span> <span m='69850'>to be there?</span> </p><p><span m='70190'>Yeah.</span> </p><p><span m='71654'>I want to</span> <span m='72142'>ask you one</span> <span m='72630'>more little thing.</span> <span m='73118'>What</span> <span m='73610'>do you</span> <span m='73750'>like most</span> <span m='74232'>about</span> <span m='74714'>your job?</span> </p><p><span m='75196'>What I</span> <span m='75680'>like</span> <span m='75910'>most</span> <span m='76130'>about</span> <span m='76240'>my</span> <span m='76390'>job--</span> <span m='76860'>definitely</span> <span m='77530'>the</span> <span m='77680'>residents.</span> <span m='78240'>Because</span> <span m='78430'>I</span> <span m='78480'>just</span> <span m='78670'>feel</span> <span m='78820'>like</span> <span m='78990'>you're</span> <span m='79090'>working</span> <span m='79740'>so</span> <span m='80290'>directly</span> <span m='80660'>with</span> <span m='80800'>them,</span> <span m='81030'>and</span> <span m='81130'>you</span> <span m='81190'>get</span> <span m='81290'>to</span> <span m='81390'>see</span> <span m='81530'>so</span> <span m='81670'>many</span> <span m='81850'>familiar</span> <span m='82200'>faces.</span> <span m='82690'>So I</span> <span m='82790'>think</span> <span m='83080'>that</span> <span m='83240'>you</span> <span m='83370'>do</span> <span m='83590'>develop</span> <span m='83930'>these types</span> <span m='84270'>of</span> <span m='84400'>connections,</span> <span m='84850'>even</span> <span m='85590'>if</span> <span m='85680'>it</span> <span m='85770'>is</span> <span m='85890'>your</span> <span m='85990'>job.</span> <span m='86240'>It</span> <span m='86740'>doesn't</span> <span m='86850'>have</span> <span m='86970'>to</span> <span m='87060'>be</span> <span m='87180'>mundane.</span> <span m='87640'>You</span> <span m='87710'>meet</span> <span m='87880'>a</span> <span m='87920'>lot</span> <span m='88100'>of cool</span> <span m='88360'>people</span> <span m='88740'>at</span> <span m='88890'>work,</span> <span m='89160'>definitely--</span> <span m='89570'>I</span> <span m='89690'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='90710'>And</span> <span m='92610'>what's</span> <span m='93100'>most challenging</span> <span m='93590'>about</span> <span m='93660'>your</span> <span m='94130'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='94600'>What's the most</span> <span m='94970'>challenging?</span> <span m='95600'>Definitely</span> <span m='97060'>a</span> <span m='97160'>hard</span> <span m='97450'>day</span> <span m='97620'>at work.</span> <span m='97820'>Because</span> <span m='98080'>I</span> <span m='98220'>have</span> <span m='98390'>graveyard</span> <span m='98810'>hours,</span> <span m='99160'>which</span> <span m='99350'>means</span> <span m='99630'>my</span> <span m='99790'>hours</span> <span m='100220'>usually</span> <span m='100390'>range</span> <span m='100660'>from</span> <span m='100840'>6:00</span> <span m='101120'>to</span> <span m='101250'>10:00</span> <span m='101440'>PM,</span> <span m='102000'>or</span> <span m='102180'>10:00</span> <span m='102400'>PM</span> <span m='102660'>to</span> <span m='102780'>3:00</span> <span m='103060'>AM.</span> <span m='103500'>So</span> <span m='103720'>it's</span> <span m='104050'>definitely</span> <span m='104570'>quite</span> <span m='104840'>a</span> <span m='104910'>challenge</span> <span m='105430'>to</span> <span m='105550'>put</span> <span m='105750'>on</span> <span m='105900'>a</span> <span m='105930'>happy</span> <span m='106270'>face</span> <span m='106660'>and</span> <span m='107270'>meet the</span> <span m='107550'>residents.</span> <span m='108010'>But</span> <span m='108650'>once</span> <span m='108920'>I</span> <span m='109200'>warm</span> <span m='109510'>up to the</span> <span m='109800'>residents,</span> <span m='110250'>actually,</span> <span m='110720'>it's all good.</span> <span m='111260'>They're</span> <span m='111370'>my</span> <span m='111500'>friends</span> <span m='112200'>as</span> <span m='112470'>well</span> <span m='112720'>as</span> <span m='112800'>my</span> <span m='112910'>residents,</span> <span m='113400'>but</span> <span m='113650'>that's</span> <span m='113830'>always</span> <span m='113960'>enjoyable.</span> </p><p><span m='114550'>What</span> <span m='114996'>was a</span> <span m='115442'>key decision</span> <span m='115888'>you made to</span> <span m='117690'>get</span> <span m='117950'>this</span> <span m='118170'>job?</span> </p><p><span m='118630'>A</span> <span m='118970'>key</span> <span m='119130'>decision</span> <span m='119580'>I</span> <span m='119700'>made</span> <span m='119960'>when</span> <span m='120090'>I</span> <span m='120140'>got</span> <span m='120360'>this</span> <span m='120550'>job</span> <span m='120820'>is</span> <span m='120920'>definitely,</span> <span m='121340'>again,</span> <span m='121610'>working</span> <span m='121820'>with the</span> <span m='121960'>residents.</span> <span m='122235'>Because</span> <span m='122510'>I</span> <span m='122570'>just</span> <span m='122750'>felt</span> <span m='123000'>like</span> <span m='123210'>any</span> <span m='123460'>other</span> <span m='123620'>job</span> <span m='124340'>would</span> <span m='124510'>have</span> <span m='124620'>been</span> <span m='124840'>really</span> <span m='125060'>mundane.</span> <span m='125500'>And</span> <span m='125590'>I</span> <span m='125670'>just</span> <span m='125830'>felt</span> <span m='126020'>like</span> <span m='126190'>working</span> <span m='126460'>directly</span> <span m='126830'>with</span> <span m='126950'>the</span> <span m='127030'>residents</span> <span m='127470'>in</span> <span m='127580'>the</span> <span m='127680'>resident</span> <span m='128039'>halls</span> <span m='128270'>would</span> <span m='128410'>have</span> <span m='128490'>been</span> <span m='128639'>really</span> <span m='128889'>interesting.</span> <span m='129360'>And</span> <span m='129850'>I've</span> <span m='130030'>met</span> <span m='130300'>friends</span> <span m='130610'>via</span> <span m='130820'>work,</span> <span m='131050'>and</span> <span m='131120'>I</span> <span m='131200'>think</span> <span m='131430'>that's</span> <span m='131610'>such</span> <span m='131790'>an</span> <span m='131890'>awesome</span> <span m='132210'>thing.</span> </p><p><span m='133990'>Is it</span> <span m='134120'>hard</span> <span m='134330'>to find</span> <span m='134580'>work as</span> <span m='134966'>a</span> <span m='135352'>security</span> <span m='135740'>person?</span> </p><p><span m='137260'>I</span> <span m='137400'>would</span> <span m='137570'>say</span> <span m='138100'>it's</span> <span m='138300'>pretty</span> <span m='138670'>adequately</span> <span m='139170'>easy</span> <span m='139350'>to</span> <span m='139440'>find</span> <span m='139680'>a</span> <span m='139710'>job</span> <span m='139970'>at</span> <span m='140090'>Cal</span> <span m='140380'>in</span> <span m='140480'>general,</span> <span m='140960'>just</span> <span m='141160'>because</span> <span m='141510'>there's</span> <span m='141680'>so</span> <span m='141870'>many</span> <span m='142090'>resources</span> <span m='142365'>and</span> <span m='142640'>there's</span> <span m='142750'>so</span> <span m='142820'>many</span> <span m='143280'>flyers</span> <span m='143670'>about</span> <span m='143930'>work</span> <span m='144100'>study and</span> <span m='144470'>even</span> <span m='144690'>jobs</span> <span m='144960'>in</span> <span m='145060'>general.</span> <span m='145650'>So</span> <span m='145760'>I</span> <span m='145810'>just</span> <span m='145970'>think</span> <span m='146160'>that</span> <span m='146380'>if</span> <span m='146840'>you</span> <span m='146940'>keep</span> <span m='147100'>a</span> <span m='147160'>look</span> <span m='147360'>out</span> <span m='147520'>for</span> <span m='147910'>it and</span> <span m='148090'>if you</span> <span m='148310'>develop</span> <span m='148710'>and</span> <span m='148830'>foster</span> <span m='149160'>connections,</span> <span m='149630'>it's</span> <span m='149770'>definitely</span> <span m='150090'>easy</span> <span m='150340'>to</span> <span m='150400'>get</span> <span m='150560'>a</span> <span m='150600'>job--</span> <span m='150930'>even</span> <span m='151170'>not</span> <span m='151380'>as a</span> <span m='151680'>security</span> <span m='152093'>monitor.</span> </p><p><span m='152506'>And the</span> <span m='152920'>last question,</span> <span m='153672'>can</span> <span m='154050'>you</span> <span m='154260'>talk about</span> <span m='154460'>your</span> <span m='155350'>work/life</span> <span m='156000'>balance</span> <span m='156260'>with this</span> <span m='156520'>job.</span> <span m='156900'>I</span> <span m='157290'>mean,</span> <span m='157680'>seems like</span> <span m='157955'>you have</span> <span m='158230'>some strange</span> <span m='158620'>hours.</span> </p><p><span m='158930'>I</span> <span m='159070'>do.</span> <span m='159445'>Actually,</span> <span m='159820'>I</span> <span m='160010'>have</span> <span m='160150'>two</span> <span m='160330'>jobs.</span> <span m='160670'>But</span> <span m='161610'>working</span> <span m='162510'>as</span> <span m='162750'>a</span> <span m='163000'>security</span> <span m='163310'>monitor,</span> <span m='163950'>the</span> <span m='164200'>hours,</span> <span m='164680'>I'd</span> <span m='164820'>like to</span> <span m='165290'>say they're</span> <span m='165370'>pretty</span> <span m='165600'>flexible</span> <span m='165990'>just</span> <span m='166120'>because</span> <span m='166290'>they're</span> <span m='166410'>graveyard</span> <span m='166860'>hours.</span> <span m='167240'>And</span> <span m='167360'>I</span> <span m='167430'>like</span> <span m='167590'>to</span> <span m='167670'>think</span> <span m='167950'>that</span> <span m='168380'>I</span> <span m='168480'>get</span> <span m='168670'>to</span> <span m='168940'>have</span> <span m='169120'>my</span> <span m='169210'>classes</span> <span m='169570'>in the</span> <span m='169960'>way in the</span> <span m='170050'>afternoon</span> <span m='170730'>and</span> <span m='170740'>I</span> <span m='170800'>get</span> <span m='170990'>to</span> <span m='171080'>work</span> <span m='171320'>in</span> <span m='171410'>the</span> <span m='171590'>evening,</span> <span m='171940'>so</span> <span m='172040'>that</span> <span m='172230'>way I</span> <span m='172330'>can</span> <span m='172570'>coordinate</span> <span m='172940'>my</span> <span m='173040'>schedule.</span> </p><p><span m='173690'>But</span> <span m='173850'>in</span> <span m='173950'>terms</span> <span m='174200'>of</span> <span m='174280'>just</span> <span m='174460'>balancing</span> <span m='174960'>academics,</span> <span m='176190'>I</span> <span m='176370'>schedule</span> <span m='176720'>month</span> <span m='176930'>to</span> <span m='177010'>month.</span> <span m='177450'>So</span> <span m='178190'>I</span> <span m='178330'>like</span> <span m='178500'>to</span> <span m='178590'>think</span> <span m='178810'>that</span> <span m='178940'>I</span> <span m='178990'>can</span> <span m='179200'>plan</span> <span m='179430'>ahead</span> <span m='179630'>of</span> <span m='179720'>time.</span> <span m='180120'>So</span> <span m='181350'>I</span> <span m='181490'>keep</span> <span m='181910'>an</span> <span m='182070'>agenda,</span> <span m='182210'>long</span> <span m='182410'>story</span> <span m='182660'>short.</span> <span m='182990'>So</span> <span m='183320'>I just</span> <span m='184460'>doodle</span> <span m='184720'>in</span> <span m='184840'>my</span> <span m='185150'>work</span> <span m='185440'>hours,</span> <span m='185720'>so</span> <span m='185910'>then</span> <span m='186060'>there's</span> <span m='186220'>that.</span> <span m='186720'>It's</span> <span m='186910'>definitely</span> <span m='187660'>time</span> <span m='187910'>consuming,</span> <span m='188290'>but</span> <span m='188440'>it's</span> <span m='188690'>definitely</span> <span m='189120'>very</span> <span m='189350'>manageable.</span> </p><p><span m='190250'>Oh,</span> <span m='190850'>fabulous.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356998,"video_id":"3217916021001","name":"2020-Carol-p-DormSecurityMonitor","duration":191449,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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