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We've all got that one friend with sleuth-worthy social media skills. You know, the one that can look up your Tinder date's family tree, relationship history and 2012 holiday photos in a matter of seconds when provided with just a first name.
Well, if that friend is still on deciding on her calling in life, you might want to let her know that MI5 and MI6 are now recruiting.
Yep, MI5 is recruiting a Linguist Engineer and a Software Engineer in Manchester and London, while MI6 is looking for an Intelligence Officer in London.
In case you didn't know, The Security Service, also known as MI5, is the UK's domestic counterintelligence and security agency, while the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is the foreign intelligence service, which works to keep the UK safe.
If you fancy being a Linguist Engineer, you'll have the very important job of helping to identify and counter threats to the UK from terrorism, espionage and cyber.
The application outlines the role, explaining: "You'll work as an integral part of an operational team, sifting language materials against requirements to identify reportable intelligence that will be forwarded to analysts to help shape and influence their operational decision making."
For this role, the MI5 asks for strong language skills, and although they don't make it clear exactly which language you need to be fluent in (I guess that's all part of the mystery), it does say "you will need to be able to comfortably read newspaper articles and understand news broadcasts in the language' and 'be able to translate from the language into clear, well drafted English."
If successful, you could be looking at between £34,366 and £37,152 if based in London and £31,521 and £34,076 for Manchester.
Or maybe you want to be a Software Engineer? For this role, you'll be "engineering new and existing products that drive our investigations, analysis and corporate functions' and 'work closely with stakeholders, who may be analysts, investigators or other MI5 staff, and share your knowledge with peers to help them develop."
For this role, you'll be looking to bank the same amount - that's between £34,366 and £37,152 if based in London and £31,521 and £34,076 for Manchester - monthly.
Finally, you could apply to be a fully fledged Intelligence Officer with the MI6, effectively being a secret agent.
For this important role, the MI6 wants someone with "exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence", "sharp intellect", "sound judgement" and "an interest in foreign culture."
Unlike the other roles, this one has a longer hiring process. First, budding agents will have to face the MI6's pre-screening questions. If these go well you'll be asked to formally apply.
If they like your application, you'll be asked to complete two online tests (which will have to be complete in 48 hours): the Verbal Reasoning Test, designed to assess the key skill of reasoning with verbal information, and the Situational Judgement Test, where applicants are presented with a set of hypothetical scenarios to see how they would react.
If you get through the application process, firstly, well done you, and secondly, you'll be earning a minimum salary of £33,800.
But you won't be able to boast about it: the MI6 strictly note you should only discuss your application with your partner or a close family member, as long as they are British, and they should also be made aware of the need for discretion. Woah.
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