If you have the initiative, MI6 has plenty of opportunities
for you to learn and take on new challenges. Everyone who
joins MI6 begins their career with an induction programme for
a briefing on the Service and some IT training. Throughout
your career our appraisal process will help map your personal
development and training at regular intervals will help you meet
those needs. If desired, there will also be opportunities to
learn a language in our in-house language classes.
Training will be available to maximise your potential and these
programs may vary depending on your career path. For
To keep you right up-to-date we offer a combination of
on-the-job training and structured courses leading to formally
recognised technical qualifications. Real variety is a
hallmark of a career with us. In an organisation of our size,
where IT plays such a vital role, there are ample
opportunities to develop your career in a number of
directions. The emphasis in training is designed to
enhance your technical skills but, as your career progresses,
you may have the opportunity to spend time in other relevant areas
of the Service or move into management.
Business Support Officers
While it is likely we would initially recruit you for your
general administrative abilities and you'd go on to pursue an
administrative career, it's certainly possible that you could
develop specialist skills and experience. Depending on aptitude,
we'll encourage you if you want to develop your administrative
skills through professional qualifications or specialisms.
You can expect to work in your main language for at least two
to three years, subject to operational requirements, but may
well be asked to enhance your language skills by deepening your
knowledge of one or more secondary languages, or quite possibly
learning a new one to meet the rapidly-changing global agenda.
It's important to us that everyone is highly deployable so we
will actively encourage you to train and learn new skills
where necessary. As you may be working in partnership with
departments in the Service such as Human Resources, Procurement and
Finance, the experience you'll build will be very varied.
All Intelligence Officers take part in an intensive
programme which provides briefing on the Service and training
in the key skills. At the end of this, training staff will
decide which of the three operational officer roles you are
initially suited for. After that, training becomes more role
specific. We also provide security training and advice to all
those who are posted overseas.