Study science and you could work in national security

National security intelligence jobs like ASIO want science graduates - young man shown here working in national security and intelligence, using a touch screen in a dark room

Science study can lead to work in some surprising places. Alex joined the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) after majoring in physics at uni.

“All through school I had a passion for science. This led me to study physics and mathematics in my senior years in high school and from there to undertake a Bachelor of Science (majoring in physics) at uni,” says Alex.

Alex joined the ASIO Future Technologists Graduate Program and was immediately exposed
to a variety of work and projects, within a national security environment – from engineering to data analysis and working on current and emerging machine learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies.

The one-year structured program commences in February and June of each year and involves a range of placements, with the support of a technical mentor, and via continuous learning and development opportunities.

“In rotating through multiple work areas I have had the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts and furthered my own skills and interests,” says Alex. “The work is challenging but it’s also rewarding and I’ve never felt overwhelmed or out of my depth. The environment at ASIO has been really supportive from day one – they even helped with my move to Canberra.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but I was surprised by how inclusive and friendly everyone is. I’ve formed friendships with other graduates and developed strong working relationships within the organisation.

“Over this graduate year I have heard from people about their long and colourful careers. Having the chance to work with them, to help others and also build a meaningful career is really rewarding. The whole experience has been a massive step for me and I’m really glad that I took it.”

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This article was produced in partnership with ASIO.

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