Careers in Intelligence

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), is a modern organisation and like any other company it seeks to recruit people of the highest calibre across a broad range of roles.The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is always searching for individuals who posses the ability to grow and develop their skills with honesty and integrity.  Given the importance of the roles within the organisation, SIS places great emphasis on trust and emotional maturity as well as highly focussed individuals capable of operating within such a demanding environment.

The Chief of SIS, Alex Younger, said:

"I want this opportunity to dispel the myths that still too often see potential candidates rule themselves out. The Service I am proud to lead is global, modern and most capable with a deserved reputation of being one of the best intelligence services in the world. Ml6 makes a unique contribution to protecting Britain's security and prosperity. My message remains simple: there is no 'standard' Ml6 officer: if you have what it takes, then apply to join us. Our work is exciting, intellectually challenging and it matters. Regardless of background, if you have the skills we need and share our values, I want you to consider a career in intelligence, in a service that reflects today's UK society. Ml6 needs the best people that this country has to offer and there really is a place for you."

For those who feel they have an interest in joining SIS, there are a number of opportunities available.  Please visit our Latest Vacancies page for further information.

The desire to make a difference or a chance to develop personally is clearly not all SIS is looking for in a candidate.  Equally, SIS also makes it clear that personality traits such as honesty and integrity are important.  That said, there is an obvious contradiction as the role of an Operational 'Intelligence' Officer does, by definition, require its Officers to work in a covert environment where skills of deception can be vitally important.  SIS is therefore likely to focus on key drivers, competency based assessments and online tests to begin with in order to find what it is that forms the foundation of an individuals skills as well as their drive to work for SIS.  Psychological assessments also form part of the recruitment process and will generally come into play once the first stages of the assessment have been carried out, including some detailed vetting procedures.

The process is a lengthy one and applicants are generally advised to allow six months from start to finish before an offer for employment is made.

SIS uses its own internal Human Resources personnel and firms such as Cubiks Limited, a global recruitment consultancy with offices based in Guildford, Surrey.  Cubiks was developed by and is made up of highly experienced post graduate experts in Occupational Psychology.  They offer practical, advanced solutions to Corporations including SIS, as well as candidates to make them more adept at testing systems utilised by an organisation such as the Secret Intelligence Service.  These consist of Psychological Assessments, Numerical Reasoning, Situational Judgement tests and Competency based interviewing practices. 

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A Government Department of Virus Safety

A Government run, uniform and credible safety certificate to be used across the board, would benefit UK business greatly.

Wuhan conspiracy theories aside, diplomatic traction is the reward.

 

A week or two ago we wrote an article "Conspiracies & Ripples" which focused primarily on conspiracy theories and kicked off with the rather obvious statement that a conspiracy theory is simply a theory without the facts i.e. just a theory.  Within that we highlighted that ‘flavour of the month’ theorist’s delight, the origins of the Coronavirus and its links to Wuhan.  This echoed our views published in February which, as many did, ponder the chances of this remote coincidence maybe actually being true.  Since then there have been swathes of articles on the topic citing all sort of sources and from numerous ‘renowned’ scientists.  We have also recently had the opinions offered by those whose opinions really count, that this virus originating from the labs in Wuhan may not actually be so far-fetched after all.

We do tend to agree, or at least we did.  That was then and this is now and in the world of Politics things move quickly and one does have to look at the reality of the situation.  If there is enough fog between you and your destination, then sometimes the route you take can change, leaving you all sorts of options.  If the objective was originally to circumnavigate through uncertain waters to establish who, what, why and when the virus came about – then that is now lost in the fog.  It is arbitrary.  Now we have something that is far more concrete and tangible to use to our advantage – we have uncertainty.  We now have enough debate and conspiracy to render the findings of the scientists open to interpretation.  And that… is a diplomat’s dream come true.   This particular carcass will feed many and although the WHO will go in, on the ground, and no doubt find yet more uncertainty…it really is irrelevant.  You will certainly not find individual government’s chomping at the bit to send their representatives into Wuhan anytime soon, and even if they did, why?  Wuhan is not some sleepy suburb in leafy Northamptonshire… it is in China.  Whatever was there has long gone, if indeed it was ever even there.  So perhaps it would be wise to assume that at least for the next few decades this is a conspiracy that will never find out those salient facts. 

Now, listening to the scientists, there is an overwhelming urge to say, “shush now”.  Step back ladies and gentlemen and look at the bigger picture at play.  Nobody is actually interested whether or not the virus started in Wuhan, intentionally or not.  As long as it is open to debate, it is far more valuable.  The scientists have debated at length and argued, but there is still no unequivocal proof either way that satisfies all parties…and why could that be?  Scientific fact is not open to debate or questioning, that is a given.  However, to say Science is correct, is not true.  That is because Science has Scientists, and Scientists are human beings who in turn are fallible and motivated by many many other factors.  In China for example, one might say that scientific fact is exactly what they want it to be.  Indeed, who is to say it ends in China.

 

So why is uncertainty such a blessing in this case?  It provides an additional bargaining chip and a weapon in the armoury for all Governments to now use against the Chinese.  Maybe on the other side of the fence their own initial conspiracy theory that a foreign Government (the US) planted the virus in their midst, is being written about in their own press.  Or maybe not. The fact is it is a safe bet to assume that no body will ever know.  There will be no compensations or admissions of guilt in this case sadly…however the capillaceous network that is politics, diplomacy and economic negotiations will be the real beneficiaries.

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