Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Put Your Intelligence to the Test; Advertising FeatureMI6 Is Recruiting Intelligence Officers for Some of the Most Challenging and Rewarding Work Available That Is as Varied as the World around Us and Tackles Some of the Most Complex Issues of Our Time

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Put Your Intelligence to the Test; Advertising FeatureMI6 Is Recruiting Intelligence Officers for Some of the Most Challenging and Rewarding Work Available That Is as Varied as the World around Us and Tackles Some of the Most Complex Issues of Our Time

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Byline: Niki Chesworth

INTELLIGENCE -- the secret information which the British Government needs to keep our country safe and prosperous -- is at the heart of what MI6 does. Whether discovering the intentions of terrorists plotting to attack us, or a foreign government working to undermine our interests, MI6 works day and night to collect and deliver this intelligence.

This is some of the most challenging and rewarding work imaginable. MI6 intelligence officers operate at the heart of government and at the cutting edge of world affairs. But despite the high-level nature of their work and some pretty impressive technology at their disposal, at its core, this work is about people.

MI6 gets its intelligence from individuals with access to the secrets. The service calls them agents -- people who volunteer and sometimes take significant risks to provide the Government with the information it needs. These people are national heroes, but are wholly unsung, since keeping their identity secret is vital to keeping them safe.

MI6 intelligence officers identify these people, develop clandestine relationships with them and then securely deliver the intelligence to the policy makers who can act on it. It is no understatement that this intelligence saves lives and is vital to the UK's national security.

BUSTING THE MYTHS This is not the world of Homeland's Carrie Mathison or Jack Bauer in 24 and it definitely isn't Bond. MI6 does not coerce or blackmail in any way. All relationships with agents are voluntary. The service operates within a tight oversight structure and everything that it does is legal and approved by senior Government ministers. More than this, the service operates ethically and each and every officer is recruited for their moral integrity. MI6 intelligence officers are at the heart of the service and define what it does.

They are not the fictionalised image of the alpha type operating alone and willing to do anything it takes to achieve the mission. Instead, intelligence work is a team effort of committed professionals dedicated to their country.

They are selected for their intellect, judgment and resilience. They receive extensive and world-class training.

They are trusted to make the right call when the situation demands it, but also work within a hugely supportive environment where even the most junior team member is encouraged to get involved in decisions and challenge perceived wisdom. …

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