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As a graphic designer, I never thought about a role for me in intelligence. A few years ago, I applied for a job in one of the NIC agencies and I have never looked back. Every day I get decide how best to present information visually and the subject matter is fascinating. Our products end up being read by the Prime Minister, Ministers and international partners and I can really see that my work makes a difference. With a strong demand for designers across the NIC, there are many roles for Creatives like me.
I have been in the intelligence community for six years across two agencies.
I am a data scientist and have worked in roles including research and development, software engineering, intelligence analysis and NIC coordination. I started out as an ICT Cadet, working part-time while I finished my undergraduate studies. I've got a Bachelor of Computer Science and am part way through a Masters of Data Science, supported by my workplace.
One of the things I enjoy the most about the intelligence community is the complexity involved in my work. I'm constantly learning and pushing myself, and feel like I'm solving problems that really matter.
Following completion of my Bachelor of Science (Biology), I started my career in the Australian Public Service working in an operational agency.
I was always interested in an intelligence career, and after several years in my job, I applied for an Intelligence Analyst position within my agency at the time. That was the start of 13 years of exceptionally interesting and varied intelligence-related work on different topics, in two different agencies in the NIC and in several different roles, including as an intelligence analyst, an intelligence editor and in intelligence coordination
I like knowing that the work I’m doing is making a difference in keeping Australia a free and safe society. I’ve also received excellent support and freedom to work flexibly around family life, and I look forward to continuing my career in the NIC.
I have been in the intelligence community for almost 20 years across several agencies as both military and civilian. I have worked as an analyst, in project planning, policy, governance and now as a manager.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and work supported me in completing a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Intelligence. I have 2 children, a rabbit and a dog and am LGBTI+. I enjoy the variety and challenge of working in the intelligence community and knowing I’m contributing to the safety and wellbeing of Australians and Australia.
I have worked in three NIC agencies over the last 13 years. I came to the intelligence community a bit later in life – when I was in my early 40s – after living overseas for many years. I had gained a Ph.D. in international relations and found that I could make use of my degree and my other work experience as an intelligence analyst. But, I’ve had other roles too, including working on some exciting and innovative business transformation programs. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the NIC and being among some really amazing, talented and dedicated people. The sense of doing something important and impactful gets me up and off to work every day.
The capacity to work with cutting-edge technology and associated subject-matter-experts is simply staggering in the NIC. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else, particularly when you overlay that with the satisfaction of actively contributing to the mission.
I am a lawyer by trade and have worked in the legal sector for the past eight years. I started my career working in a large corporate law firm because I thought that was what everyone did. I didn’t enjoy the lack of flexibility and felt drawn to a career in the public service. Wanting a change, I moved into a federal government department’s legal area. One day I was scrolling APSJobs and I saw a vacancy for a Government Lawyer in a NIC agency. Not thinking much of it, I sent off my application and landed the job. Working in the NIC has broadened my horizons and exposed me to a range of fascinating legal issues. In my short time here, I have had multiple training and development opportunities and even was able to go on secondment for 6 months to another NIC agency.
I never thought two months after my analyst training, I’d be tracking a target through South-East Asia who had eluded authorities for months and I was determined to help find a way to locate it. I don’t recall a more exciting day than when I submitted my report with the target’s exact location after working closely with colleagues from across the NIC effecting a change.
I always thought it would be hard to work flexibly in the NIC but I’ve been really surprised by just how possible it is and the opportunities that are here. I joined the NIC through a Government entry-level program after having been a student and a stay-at-home parent. My NIC agency supported me in completing my Diploma through this program. This has meant I can balance being a single parent, working full time, being a tertiary student and spending time with friends and family.