As part of our Women in Security series, Sharon Kane shares how Bidvest Noonan has supported her progress in the security industry.
What do you think it takes to become a strong leader in security? What makes a strong security team?
Working together, seeing the value and skills each team member brings to the overall team. In the security industry, training, guidance, and communication are key. Being approachable, listening to people, and working alongside them is very important to make a strong team.
I also believe that leading people by example helps to make a good leader in the security industry. One of my favourite quotes is “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams
How has Bidvest Noonan helped your career in the security industry?
I started my journey with the company as a part-time cleaning supervisor in 2014. From there I have had many opportunities within the business. One of them was to join the Security team in one of the busiest shopping centres in Ireland in 2018.
Bidvest Noonan encouraged me to get involved with projects and listened to my ideas. This has me invested in the organization. Feeling valued as an employee and working with my other colleagues enhance my experience in the security industry, ensured the opportunities to grow and excel.
The training, mentoring, guidance, and support I have received are invaluable in my progression within the business and have been instrumental in my current success. I have just been promoted to operations manager and cannot wait to work with other teams throughout the business.
What has been the proudest moment (or best day) in your career?
I was nominated for an award by my peers at the Bidvest Noonan Annual Awards for ‘Support person of the year’. To hear and see in print your colleagues’ comments and the feedback was very humbling. To go on to win the award was an unexpected delight.
What advice would you give to other women looking to begin a career in security?
Come join the Bidvest Noonan Security team. “The real energy and life of the business are people” and we are always happy to welcome more women in the industry. 10 years ago, I would have never thought I would be working in the security industry, and am delighted to have the chance to work alongside my great colleagues.