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To want to work for MI6?

(43 Posts)
Inamechangedalright Tue 27-Nov-12 11:19:58

It looks fantastic. And it also looks like they're recruiting.

secret intelligence service

Am I mad?

ShamyFarrahCooper Tue 27-Nov-12 11:21:37

Only if you think you will actually be James Bond, otherwise YANBU grin

TravelinColour Tue 27-Nov-12 11:22:40

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PeggyCarter Tue 27-Nov-12 11:22:45

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MadameCastafiore Tue 27-Nov-12 11:22:46

I worked for Austin Knight years ago when they put an advert in the times for Special Agents for a government body - you would not believe the fun we had for months reading the letters from weirdos wanting to be spys.

We had ones who already had worked for themselves (or dreamt they had) saying they knew all about the conspiracies going on and had proof of aliens and all sorts. The best ones were the ones that came on HMP paper - my did we save those up and get a nice big latte each to sup whilst we tried to compete for the best 'crazy' letter writer award of the week.

There were very few of the people who wrote the letters that we did not immediately write off as being completely MAD!!

PurpleTinsel Tue 27-Nov-12 11:22:49

It's probably not as exciting as they make it out to be on TV....

shrimponastick Tue 27-Nov-12 11:22:51

I have seen the ads in the times.

We have two teenage DSs - I ripped the page out and gav it to them.

Ha ha .

Good time to advertise on the back of Skyfall smile

WorraLiberty Tue 27-Nov-12 11:25:58

It's extremely boring apparently...lots of sitting and waiting about.

They advertise in my local paper every couple of months so that tells me it's really not a popular job.

poorbuthappy Tue 27-Nov-12 11:27:59

Mmmm, perhaps the admin side would be slightly more exciting than usual?

Balls to being shot at though.

shrimponastick Tue 27-Nov-12 11:30:46

Or your office being blown up!!

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 27-Nov-12 11:33:07

I always liked the idea,but that's because I harbour the belief I'd be running around like a female James Bond,despit the fact I know that's not how it is! deluded

PeggyCarter Tue 27-Nov-12 11:33:14

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GilbGeekette Tue 27-Nov-12 11:35:36

I would hate the vetting aspect. DH does a job that required me to be vetted before we were married and I found it intrusive. (He's not 007 sad but works with classified info). I acknowledge that it is vital and that national security overrides my 'right' to privacy but honestly, I found the process wound me up - and that was just the bits I was required to do as his partner. There's no way I'd want to do something that required me to repeat the process! However, if you want to go for it then of course you should smile

sannaville Tue 27-Nov-12 11:37:29

I'd love to do it! But sadly I live in south west and all jobs are London based sad go for it ou only live once

ShamyFarrahCooper Tue 27-Nov-12 11:37:30

Damnit OP now I'm wasting time doing the tests!

Witchety Tue 27-Nov-12 11:40:15

I have been thoroughly vetted before as I worked for a very famous family! I fancy applying!

PeggyCarter Tue 27-Nov-12 11:40:29

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mignonette Tue 27-Nov-12 11:41:30

Pretty boring office/IT based work most of the time......

RarelyUnreasonable Tue 27-Nov-12 11:44:52

Yanbu. I've just started watching Spooks [behind the times emoticon] and find myself idly wondering about m15/m16's family-friendly policies grin

wewereherefirst Tue 27-Nov-12 11:45:58

Is it like Spy? I would love to have a boss like The Examiner grin

laptopcomputer Tue 27-Nov-12 11:46:00

The pay is nothing special either. I have been vetted, it is tedious, especially the money stuff. Hasten to add I do not work for MI6! or 5.

GilbGeekette Tue 27-Nov-12 11:49:24

Joyful yeah DH asked me that too grin. I found it quite hard to articulate but I'll try to. In the main, I found (find?) the fact that I have no 'access' to his work life quite difficult - it's a huge part of his life and something that's very important to him, but I'm totally shut out from it. I was used to having a bit of a grumble/rant about work at the end of a day in previous relationships and it took me a while to get used to the fact that that doesn't happen.

Therefore, as I have no access to that part of his life, I was encrossened by having to answer personal questions about me. It felt like having the responsibilities but not the rights, IYSWIM? I'm probably not getting this across very well... apologies for that.

However, I got on with it. There wouldn't have been massive ramifications if I'd said "No, not doing it". All that would have happened would be that DH would be restricted to working with data that wasn't sensitive, but as I said, he loves his job, it's been his career for 27 years now, and I was damned if I was going to have that happen because I felt a bit precious about my privacy. Marriage being about compromise and all that grin

We had to re-do it all recently and poor DH was worried that I'd have another tantrum. Thankfully it was just updating it all. I was much less ranty the second time around.

wewereherefirst Tue 27-Nov-12 11:50:03

I didn't find vetting too hard when I've had it done, I've also done it with DH when he applied for an unrelated job.

Although I like forms and data entry...

PeggyCarter Tue 27-Nov-12 11:51:09

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sannaville Tue 27-Nov-12 12:02:20

Def couldn't do the commute!

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