More teens are applying to be ‘secret agents’ as the recruitment age for the entry to MI6, a branch of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is lowered from 21 to 18. The MI6 has made the move on the theory that this age group are more skilled when it comes to new technologies. But what else will candidates need if they want to be considered for a role in MI6?
Working at MI6 isn’t all about spying
Not everyone has what it takes to be a secret agent, but MI6 are recruiting for plenty of other roles in areas such as IT, finance, trades, business support, languages and HR, so this will open up plenty of new jobs for teens. And if candidates show right aptitude, skills and values, there are opportunities to move into more covert roles.
While MI6 headquarters are in Vauxhall, London, opportunities in MI6 exist all over the UK as well as in overseas destinations. Operational officers are at the forefront of intelligence collection activity and are posted in countries throughout the world. However, these roles are probably not jobs for teens. To work as an operational officer, you’ll be a graduate with a good knowledge of politics. You’ll also be required to demonstrate resilience, an ability to work on your own initiative and an in-depth understanding of what motivates people.
However, another role in MI6 might be just as exciting as being a spy – especially if you’re looking to work in tech. The organisation continually works with a number of private sector companies in order to create new generations of spy tools. Software based IT and cyber intelligence has become a priority for the organisation in recent years.
Entry level jobs at British intelligence
There are four distinct two-year graduate programmes, but if you’re a school leaver looking for entry level teen jobs in British intelligence, you must be a UK citizen, and have lived in the country for at least eight of the past ten years. Minimum entry requirements for 18 year olds include five GCSE’s, passes, including maths and English.
If, as part of your job search, you do apply, be warned that the application process can be long and gruelling. Candidates are thoroughly security vetted, undergo medical assessment and are tested / interviewed over several stages to narrow down the field. The entire application process can take up to six months to complete. What’s more, you aren’t permitted to discuss your application with anyone else throughout.
That said, if successful, the organisation offers a comprehensive training and development programme, which could be useful should you choose to shift career in the future. Junior intelligence analyst roles start around £25,000, rising to around £40,000 after ten years of service. The organisation is committed to providing employees with a good work-life balance and offers flexible working in many roles.
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