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Life transitions - from Nursery Teacher to Security Manager


When I left school I didn’t have a clear idea of ​​what I wanted to do. I had previously completed a course in sociology and studied to be a kindergarten teacher. I soon found out that this was not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

It was really a coincidence that I entered the security industry in Norway and in the summer of 2014,  I started working as a door supervisor at festivals and night clubs. I understood quickly that in order to create a career in the security industry I had to educate myself. The educational opportunities within the Norwegian security industry are limited, though there are some stand alone courses at the lower end of the industry and some Master’s Degree courses at the top end, but that's it!

It was through the company I worked for in 2016 that I was introduced to the Silverback Security Academy and was offered an opportunity to develop my security knowledge through their university acredited academic programmes. I started the certificate course in the fall of 2016 and went on to complete the diploma course in 2017/2018. I am now studying for a Bachelor Degree in Risk & Security Management at the University of Portsmouth where I was able to use the academic credits I earned through the Silverback Certificate and Diploma to join the Bachelor course at the beginning of the third year!

Thanks to Silverback's experienced and talented professors and facilitators, I had the opportunity to develop my security and risk knowledge and improve my written and spoken English language skills. The two years at Silverbeack prepared me well, making it easier for me to study on my own via distance learning at Portsmouth. Silverback provides an exceptional way to learn. Their modules are interesting, educational and relevant for anyone working within the security indistry. The Silverback team are excellent at providing their students with different ways of learning and through their motto ‘learning in round’ and different cases and assessment you`re able to get a lot out of each module, which makes it easier to continue the study at home. I would highly recommend Silverback to anyone working in the security industry, either in Norway or anywhere else in Europe. Thanks to Silverback, next year I will be completing my bachelor’s in risk and Security Management at the University at Portsmouth. I'm pretty sure I hadn't been where I am today had it not been for all the good help and knowledge provided by Silverback's facilitators. They have given me the foundation to succeed and develop myself both at work and at educational level.

Sandra Oien, Security Employee – Institute for Energy Technology