“I knew working for a big firm wasn’t for me, and wanted a public role that valued critical thinking.”
I joined NZSIS straight from university, where I had studied law. I knew working for a big firm wasn’t for me. I wanted a public role that valued critical thinking and that would challenge the analytical skills I developed at university. NZSIS fit the bill. It challenges me to think about the big security picture, as well as the impact my advice has on an individual. I work alongside people who are new to the NZIC, and people who have years of experience to call upon. We come from different academic backgrounds, and each person brings a different style of thinking to any challenge. The common elements are a commitment to keeping New Zealand secure, a sharp mind, and a good attitude to take on any task together.
Working for NZSIS has exposed me to experiences I would never have come across in the private sector. My role involves meeting internal and external contacts to assess their circumstances and needs, consider relevant security principles, and then deliver sound advice. My working week has a good mix of thinking on my feet to respond to issues as they arise, and taking the time to consider a big-picture approach to a problem. My role uses the core skills from my legal professionals course every day. I interview individuals (sometimes about sensitive personal topics), prepare succinct records, and deliver well-reasoned advice.
NZSIS is a unique work environment with special sensitivities. If you have the right attitude and you’re up for the challenge, it offers the best (classified) work stories in New Zealand.