I like many others was "lured" into the circuit by the prospect of earning good, tax-free (hopefully) cash.
I left my unit in October of last year and am now 7 months into a 12 month contract in Iraq.
Lucky, fortunate, right place - right time. You can probably put it down to some if not all of that but after carefull consideration, I believe that it was me making the right choices with regards to, who I took my CP course with, who I took my surveillance course with, where I went to network, being careful as to where my C.V. was being sent.
In a nutshell, it's down to hard work and self preservation.
The one thing that I have noticed recently after being in this job for a short period of time. Is the amount of people that will open themselves up to sniping, ridicule, abusive comments where they have posted on social media sites things like, "jus past CP course, who is recruiting" or indeed the classic "I am need for job".
I cannot help but feel sorry for these individuals, it almost seems as though they have fallen at the very first networking hurdle. To that end I would like to write (this is not a plug, purely advice) there is a cracking book that helped me some-what during my transition. Written by Jordan Wylie - Networking in the security industry;The Training Wing's A-Z guide.
Lastly, for those looking to join this industry, it's not all doom and gloom. Choose your TP wisely and make your forward steps count.