If I join MI6, I won’t have much time for my family.
It’s probably full of super bright graduates from the UK’s most prestigious universities.
It’s a dangerous job.
You’d have to work long hours.
No one can know where you work.
You’re on your own.
Many of our staff have a family or have caring responsibilities. Join us and you’ll find that our flexible working policy means you can work around family commitments and a number of roles offer the opportunity to work flexibly. When our staff apply to work overseas, they find the experience can have a positive effect on family life. Sharing experiences with ex-pats and locals creates lifelong friendships, while families have a unique opportunity to integrate with people from different cultural backgrounds. Naturally, we’ll support you and your family both during any relocation overseas and while you’re there.
Whatever your background, if you have the skills we’re looking for, there could be a place for you here. We aim to recruit talented people from a range of different backgrounds who have had different experiences in life. This provides a richer and deeper approach to problem solving and helps to keep us one step ahead of our adversaries.
Most of our roles wouldn’t be classed as dangerous and you would never be asked to do something you’re uncomfortable doing, or if you felt the risk was too high. In any potentially dangerous situation, you would work with our in-house security advisory team to make sure that any risks were assessed and managed appropriately. We do operate in some high threat areas, but our number one concern will always be to ensure your safety.
One of the positive aspects of working in secret intelligence is that, because of the nature of our work, you simply can’t take it home with you. This means that in the majority of our roles, you can work regular hours, then switch off and go home at the end of the day.
Outside the intelligence agencies, you’ll be permitted to tell close immediate family where you work if you feel there’s a need. But to protect your and their safety, as well as that of your colleagues and their families, you won’t be able to tell anyone outside your immediate family.
Absolutely not. Wherever you are and whatever you do you’ll be an integral member of a team. One of the great things about working at SIS is that you’re surrounded by exceptional, like-minded colleagues who are intent on helping to protect the UK in a constantly changing world.