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MI6: The Secret Intelligence Service Is Looking For New Recruits

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MI6: The Secret Intelligence Service Is Looking For New Recruits

If you've recently been out to the cinema to see No Time To Die and fancy yourself as something of a James Bond, we've got some good news for you, because MI6 - otherwise known as the Secret Intelligence Service - is actually hiring.

That's right, you could fling yourself into the world of international espionage.

What a career 180, right?

Of course, it won't be exactly like it is in the films.

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After all, 007 breaks a lot of rules, and many of the things he does aren't exactly high-level espionage, are they?

That said, you'd be in for a starting salary of more than £35,000, a decent amount of annual leave, a good pension, and several other benefits that you might expect a decent job to provide.

You'll get to work in this building on the Albert Embankment, for starters. Credit: Alamy
You'll get to work in this building on the Albert Embankment, for starters. Credit: Alamy

On their website, whilst dispelling some of those popular myths about the intelligence industry, the job description for MI6 Intelligence Officer reads: "You might think you already know MI6 or that you already know what an Intelligence Officer does.

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"But actually, our work isn't about high-speed chases or high-stakes poker. It's not danger, drama and dry martinis.

"It's about joining an inclusive, supportive team that works together to gather, deliver and use intelligence that helps people all over the world.

"It's genuinely fascinating and rewarding work, every day.

"You could be working with government departments to identify intelligence requirements.

"Or planning and managing an intelligence gathering operation.

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"Meeting contacts at home or overseas with information we need. Or reporting that intelligence back to our customers in the UK government."

MI6 is also known as the Secret Intelligence Service. Credit: Alamy
MI6 is also known as the Secret Intelligence Service. Credit: Alamy

It continues: "It's work that keeps the UK safe - and it's work where you'll be safe too.

"You might meet a contact for a chat in a café. Or gather intelligence online at our offices.

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"In fact, your work will look much like any other office role - and like any other job, you'll usually be contactable, if your family and friends need you.

"And whilst we keep you protected, we offer brilliant progression and support too.

"Your initial training course will help you get ready, exploring more than one role and building a range of strengths.

"Then, you'll join one of our operational teams and continue your development.

"You'll broaden different skills, maybe even learn a new language or two, and along the way you'll find options to specialise in your field - and to move into team leadership and management too, if that's something you're interested in."

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There might not be cards involved, but there will be other benefits. Credit: Universal Pictures
There might not be cards involved, but there will be other benefits. Credit: Universal Pictures

Hey, it might not be partying at the Hotel de Ville in Monaco, but it sounds pretty good, right?

So, what kind of person are they looking for? The job description explains: "We're not looking for action heroes here: we're looking for people with an interest in the world around them; who can take a wealth of information and enjoy making sense of it.

"In short, we want people of every background who bring real intellectual curiosity.

"At the same time, you're also a people person: you build good relationships with those around you, putting yourself in their shoes and looking to understand how they feel.

"Ultimately, the skills we're looking for are the ones you use every day - and not just at work.

"Maybe your people skills come from volunteering. From a hobby. From life at home. Maybe you can coach your friends through a tricky escape room, or you know just how to calm your kids down. Those are just the kind of people skills we need."

Sound like you, or anyone you know?

Well, if you fancy a slice of the action, you can head over to the MI6 website to check whether you've got the qualifications required, and apply to begin a new career in the world of international intelligence.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News, TV and Film, Interesting, James Bond

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