Be a Private DetectiveAlternative Careers | June 9, 2010 | Share
A lifelong affair
It is about making the right choice. It is a lifelong commitment. Only passion and love can sustain it. Yes, choosing the right career is like choosing your life partner. We are witnessing times where most students chose their careers based on what they deem as a secure future. The truth is no profession can guarantee a good future for you. You’ll have to make one. And you will, given the right mix of passion, aptitude, hard work and diligence.
“My son is an engineer”, “My daughter is a doctor” have become such clichéd phrases that even questioning them is considered a sin. What will a country do with only engineers, doctors, lawyers and business administrators? It takes courage to try the unconventional. It takes courage to follow your dreams. This article explores one little comet in the galaxies of careers waiting to be explored.
Like poking your nose into others’ business? Good at tapping into information from people? Up to date with the society’s who- what- when- why-how? Do you love research and are you passionate about upholding law and order in the country? Like giving your brain that extra wrack to solve mysteries? Do you simply adore James Bond and Sherlock Holmes? If yes, then why not consider becoming a private detective?
What it takes…
There is no specific legal qualification required to start your own private detective firm. Only a business license of that state is required. The job involves a lot of risks, sometimes life threatening. Bravery, assertiveness, alertness and the knack of being street smart are very essential. A deep understanding of criminal psychology and behaviour will be helpful. There are several institutes offering courses that can hone one’s skills in the practice. It would also help to be well versed with police sciences and criminal justice.
One can join a detective school where basic skills required for the profession are taught, which include taking fingerprints, using firearms, collecting evidence and writing reports. The Indore Christian College, Indore and The National Institute of Private Investigation, New Delhi are institutes that offer diploma courses in private investigation. Detective agencies like ACE Detectives India International Securities, New Delhi, All-India Private Detectives Association, New Delhi, Lancers Network Limited, New Delhi also offer specialised courses.
Salaries may vary, depending upon the nature of the job and type of client. The case may involve marital issues, simple thefts or murders. Again a well established firm that has contacts with big shots in the industry will definitely roll in money. You can even have collaboration with other private investigators to expand your base. Knowing that you have the power to make a change, sometimes even save lives, gives immense personal satisfaction.
As far as job prospects are concerned, as long as there is crime, you will be employed. And society always has shades of black and white. Where there is good, there is bad. Crime and corruption can never be entirely wiped out. So you are looking at a life time employment, provided you are good at what you do.