No one ever got lost in the world of accountants.
As we grow up, fewer and fewer of us actually get the jobs we first dream of having. It’s why graduates across the country apply for development programmes to become management consultants, accountants and recruitment specialists. But what if you aspired for something more exciting, rewarding and impactful – like preventing acts of terrorism? Well, our Intelligence Officers do just that, playing a vital role in running MI5 investigations that help keep the country safe against threats to national security.
The Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP) is designed to help you learn about MI5 investigations before you lead them. And you’ll get the ultimate insight into international events and help change them for the better. It’s why we choose people carefully. As an essential part of a closely-knit team, you’ll enjoy a great mix of challenge and support and where business requirements allow, a flexible approach to working that gives you exactly the work-life balance you would hope for.
The Development Programme
For the first two years, you’ll be assigned to a role that will help you develop skills directly relevant to leading investigations. It could be anything from digital intelligence and analysis, to warrantry and legal casework. This will be structured as either two postings of one year each, or one posting over two years.
The Foundation Investigative Training course
Subject to successful completion of performance reviews, you’ll advance onto our Foundation Investigative Training (FIT) course. Lasting five weeks, it will prepare you for a direct move into one of our investigative sections as an Intelligence Officer. Upon successful completion, and subject to line management approval, you’ll also be eligible to apply for an advancement interview for promotion.
As a fully trained Intelligence Officer, your first role could be countering threats from international terrorism, espionage or Northern Ireland related terrorism. As your confidence and experience grow, so will your responsibilities. From then on you may choose to specialise in investigations, where you’ll pull together intelligence, working with different departments to gain resources. You’ll also set investigative strategies, making recommendations based on perceived threat levels, collaborating with colleagues and the police to thwart terrorist activity where needed. Alternatively, you could move into roles managing or training new IODP entrants, or broaden your experience by taking on an operational or policy role.
Working culture and hours
By being part of MI5, you’ll benefit from the close support of your team, together with increasing autonomy to progress investigations yourself. While the role does have a big impact on the security of the nation, a formal structure is in place to ensure that every employee feels supported in their decision making.
There’s also a strong focus on work-life balance. Where business requirements allow it, flexi-time enables you to vary your start and finish times to fit the other commitments in your life.
What we look for
Safeguarding the UK against threats to national security requires intelligent, talented people, and those people aren’t found in any one particular section of society. Graduates from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme.
As a confident communicator, you can quickly establish productive working relationships with your colleagues. You’ll need to be organised, have a good eye for detail and trust your own judgement. While happy to take responsibility for your own areas of work, you’ll also enjoy collaborating to solve problems and make decisions. MI5 also expects its employees to have a high degree of honesty and integrity.
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.
Find out more here.