MI5 holds responsibility for safeguarding the UK against threats to national security, including terrorism, espionage, cyber attacks, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. It collates and organises intelligence relating to these threats, through the investigation of individuals and organisations.
The service is headquartered in London, and is officially part of the Home Office. It has around 3,800 employees, and is headed up by the Home Secretary.
Though MI5 does not offer a bespoke graduate programme, it recruits graduates from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines. Many start as Intelligence Officers, and progress to legal, policy, and resources departments. There is often the opportunity to take up projects in regional offices, which is highly recommended for ambitious individuals.
During the recruitment process, skills such as team working, communication, problem solving, and attention to detail are all assessed. Honesty and integrity are also vital, given the often sensitive nature of the work.
MI5 offers a competitive starting salary, a generous holiday entitlement, and plenty of learning and development opportunities. To apply, you must be a British citizen, and should only tell your immediate family and/or partner about your application.
The BBC television programme Spooks is based on the work of MI5 officers.