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Hiya, Alexis here – I’m a business graduate currently on MI5’s Intelligence Officer Development Programme.

When you join the programme, you start on a two-year placement, but you don’t know where. It ranges from stuff like analysis and digital intelligence through to legal casework and policy roles. My first role was in warrantry. In a nutshell, we prepare and support warrant applications before they get approved by the Home Secretary and Judiciary. It’s so fascinating, as you get to see the background of so many MI5 investigations.

Initially, I was quite nervous. I didn’t have a degree in law. But I soon realised that it didn’t matter as I got all the training I needed. No matter where you’re placed, there’s really nothing to worry about. You get what MI5 call a ‘development partner’, and they’re brilliant. Everyone’s so supportive.

I’ll finish my placement by doing the Foundation Investigative Training and then I’ll be on course to become an actual Intelligence Officer leading investigations.

Before I go, I just want to say one more thing. The programme is so unique. Now I’m here – I just…I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

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