Our Mission is to keep Britain safe. We bring intelligence and technology together to counter more and more sophisticated threats. GCHQ intelligence helps keep our forces safe, prevents terrorism and crime, and defends against cyber attack.
It takes a variety of different people in different roles to help us to achieve that. Some are linguists; others are mathematicians. Some work in cryptography; others in project management. Some hold PhDs, others A-levels. Simply put, everyone here is different. What unites us is our dedication to providing intelligence, protecting information and informing relevant policy to keep UK society safe, secure and successful.
It’s complex, technically challenging work that demands a range of dedicated people. People who are enthusiastic about tackling interesting and varied projects. People with the creative intellect and energy to develop the right solutions. And people with a commitment to protecting existing systems and defending against evolving threats.
As a graduate, you’re welcome to apply for any of our roles – check out our current vacancies to see if any of them appeal to you.
We also run our Future Leaders Programme: This is a unique leadership development programme – intensive, challenging, rigorous and hugely diverse. You’ll gain experience and knowledge of the work we do at GCHQ, while developing your skills and competencies, by taking a sequence of challenging business placements, each taking 6-12 months. We offer world-class training and mentoring support, as well as hands-on experience working on complex projects. The full programme can last up to five years. If you hold at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree in any subject or a postgraduate certificate (PGC) with a business or management focus, you will be a eligible to apply for a place on this sought-after programme.
As a graduate at GCHQ, you can expect to work on Challenging projects, receiving early responsibility, outstanding professional development and a series of unique experiences. Some positions require a specific technical degree. Other roles, including our leadership development scheme, are open to graduates from any discipline. No matter which route you join us, we can offer you a rewarding and challenging career in a supportive culture.
At GCHQ, we believe that success depends on great minds not thinking alike. Our work depends on the constant sharing of knowledge and developing fresh ideas. Therefore our collaborative approach identifies people’s individual strengths, respects their expertise and supports them to develop a variety of innovative solutions.
You will discover an atmosphere which encourages open minds and attitudes, supported by a welfare and benefits structure that allows you to be at your best. From extensive training and development that enables you to grow your skills, to the flexibility to explore a variety of roles, and the tools and technologies that enable you to do your job effectively, we’ll assist you to achieve your full potential.