How To Become A Spy Agent
How To Become A Spy Agent
Sherridan Hughes shares her knowledge on how to become a spy agent.
Hello! I'm Sherridan Hughes. I'm a career consultant with career analysts. I'm going to talk to you today about how to getting to various careers.
I'm going to tell you about how to become a spy agent. Spies work for the civil service. Some of them will come from a background in the police or the armed forces.
They may even be recruited or invited to work in such services in security. Others will be graduates who can actually apply straight from the university or after their experience in other fields. It's quite helpful to have a language skill, but it's not essential because the various agencies do actually have their own linguists working for them.
There are three main sections. There's GCHQ division, which is in looking at more visited signals. In the war, there used to be the code breakers.
So they are looking at signals and intelligence information. Then there's also the MI5 who are looking really protecting the whole front and looking at the crimes situation, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and sort of protecting UK citizens. There is also then the MI6 also known as the Secret Intelligence Service, which is more concerned with intelligence and counterespionage, and, you know, getting information secretly abroad.
So, they will be undercover in foreign countries. To become a spy, you know, you need a high level of intelligence, or a high level of skill in security. And therefore the selection procedure is extremely rigorous.
The vast instance is you would be required to complete a number of psychometric tests and on the GCHQ website, there are various psychometric measures, which for most mortals are unfathomable. So, if you can't get past that first step in the application, the first intelligence test, you're not going to get far with exemption. So, you'll go through rigorous selection and assessment text sciences, and if you're selected, you will then have to go a very thorough vetting process.
The vetting process involves those very very personal that you need… they'll be looking at whether you have… you need to be in the UK for 5 years, you need to be a UK national, you're going to need to have… they would look at your financial situation, who your friends are, how many partners you've had. It's very very thorough. It's not so much that they're concerned about what you've done, but they need to know about it because clearly you need to have a very clean slate so there's no any chance that a - you could actually be a spy already for another party; and b - that you would not be able to be blackmailed in order to give information.
So, really it's a question of being presentable, able to deal with people, and able to build relationships with perhaps informants, also, being very strong analytically and with problem solving, and understanding the meaning of the information that you're obtaining and recognizing any patterns or anything incriminating. And perhaps, you would also need to be extremely good at communicating because you'll have to fight and present reports to perhaps highly senior government and other agencies. That is how you become a spy agent. .