MI5 and MI6 may be different organisations, but they share the same goal. They keep the UK safe. MI5 protects national security, while MI6 focuses on threats from overseas. Their operations are hugely varied, which is why increasing the diversity of their people is needed more than ever before.
A career at MI5 & MI6 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique, but the variety is unlike anywhere else. MI5 & MI6 employees have significant autonomy to manage their own careers and the opportunity to change jobs or business areas every two to three years. This variety together with their supportive and flexible working environment means most people who join MI5 & MI6 stay for a substantial part of their careers.
You’ll work across a variety of departments, each one offering a range of roles, diverse challenges and direct insight into their fascinating work – everything from tackling cyber to countering terrorism. You could be organising critical meetings, managing information and records, booking travel, looking after visitors or providing essential support to their intelligence officers. Whatever the task, you’ll play a crucial part in ensuring the MI5 & MI6 organisation runs smoothly.
A common misconception is that due to the nature of what MI5 & MI6 do, there is no work-life balance. However, it’s important to MI5 & MI6 that staff maintain their personal commitments and home-life, so where operations allow MI5 also offers flexible working, giving staff more choice in their working pattern.
Plus, at MI5 & MI6 it is not possible to take work home, so when you leave the office, you really are leaving your work behind too.
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