MI5 safeguards the UK against threats to national security including terrorism, espionage, cyber attack and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. We also advise the Government and critical national infrastructure on the threat level and protective security measures, to help them reduce their vulnerability. Talented graduates from a range of backgrounds join MI5 for demanding, stimulating and rewarding careers. Many join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme; others join as Intelligence Analysts, as IT Specialists and in the Language Unit.
Whatever your degree, it's likely we have something that suits your skills and abilities. We need highly capable, persuasive and analytical graduates with outstanding communication skills and sound judgement. You'll be a team player, able to establish rapport with a variety of people, recognise problems and suggest solutions in a collaborative working environment. You'll have the confidence and resilience to handle a high level of responsibility early in your career but rest assured that you will be supported by managers, peers and mentors. The culture at MI5 is professional, friendly and informal. Strong organisation skills, decision making skills, attention to detail and patience are important and honesty, integrity and a commitment to self-development are expected from all our staff. We provide extensive training and development opportunities. You will be encouraged to shape your own career, expanding your skill set through our training academy, personal and professional courses and work experience in a range of our departments. To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years of age and normally have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.
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