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I'm pondering on which subjects to choose to enter the secret service. I have absolutely no idea which subjects would be ideal for an intelligence officer as I can't find any information on it. Which A level subjects would you guys suggest, and which degree (as a degree is needed for this). I'm planning on taking a gap year too before university to hopefully learn a different language and do some travelling as I've heard an interest in foreign culture and being bilingual can certainly help.
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I don’t think you can choose a levels with the aim of working for MI6.
First off a levels don’t really matter by the time you’ve had a couple jobs, and I’m pretty sure MI6 recruit from within the government and existing civil servants. (My dad’s a civil servant in gov and has met cool MI6 people on occasion if you want a source). Your best bet to get into MI6 would be work your way up the civil service and then get recruited from there. Its unlikely that the secret service would give new graduates a job with them, you need to prove that you have valuable skills to bring to the table (don’t believe everything you watch on tv).
Go to a good uni, do a useful degree, do something noble during your work exp (like giving vaccines to poor kids or smth, and then work hard and wait.
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russian, korean & chinese languages would seem the obvious choices.... arabic too.
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I wanted to be a spy when I was having a crisis - did a lot of research and they really find languages useful but the uncommon ones like Russian, Chinese, Hindi and Arabic.
You’ll need a lot of interpersonal skills so get good work experience and yeah, good analytical skills so maybe maths or psychology.
You’ll need to work your way up though, first poster is right in the fact that it might take a while but yeah best of luck
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Okay, got it. What would you class as a useful degree? I was thinking of doing Law but I'm not sure if that's relevant to being an Intelligence Officer? I'm also conflicted on what kind of language to learn, too.
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I don’t think you can choose a levels with the aim of working for MI6.
First off a levels don’t really matter by the time you’ve had a couple jobs, and I’m pretty sure MI6 recruit from within the government and existing civil servants. (My dad’s a civil servant in gov and has met cool MI6 people on occasion if you want a source). Your best bet to get into MI6 would be work your way up the civil service and then get recruited from there. Its unlikely that the secret service would give new graduates a job with them, you need to prove that you have valuable skills to bring to the table (don’t believe everything you watch on tv).
Go to a good uni, do a useful degree, do something noble during your work exp (like giving vaccines to poor kids or smth, and then work hard and wait.
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They're extremely difficult languages to learn, do you know how I would go about doing that?
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russian, korean & chinese languages would seem the obvious choices.... arabic too.
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I’d recommend an hour or two on the subject that you choose to learn plus watch many shows and movies so you get the hang of how to speak it. Im currently learning Mandarin and it would take at least a year to be conversationally fluent. I’d also recommend going to the country for a little while so that you can surround yourself with the culture and people there so that you can understand the language better. im currently really interested in becoming a special agent and am doing lots of research on it. It’s difficult as hell but good luck!
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They're extremely difficult languages to learn, do you know how I would go about doing that?
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(Original post by anonymous11123xo)
I'm pondering on which subjects to choose to enter the secret service. I have absolutely no idea which subjects would be ideal for an intelligence officer as I can't find any information on it.
The ones that teach you not to discuss your interest in joining the intelligence services in public / online, the actual (official or unofficial) name of the organisation you wanting to work for, and how to search for and obtain information? They literally have a website that describe the information you're asking for.

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I'm planning on taking a gap year too before university to hopefully learn a different language and do some travelling as I've heard an interest in foreign culture and being bilingual can certainly help.
Yes, but extensive time abroad probably don't.
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(Original post by daizu)
I don’t think you can choose a levels with the aim of working for MI6.
First off a levels don’t really matter by the time you’ve had a couple jobs, and I’m pretty sure MI6 recruit from within the government and existing civil servants. (My dad’s a civil servant in gov and has met cool MI6 people on occasion if you want a source). Your best bet to get into MI6 would be work your way up the civil service and then get recruited from there. Its unlikely that the secret service would give new graduates a job with them, you need to prove that you have valuable skills to bring to the table (don’t believe everything you watch on tv).
Go to a good uni, do a useful degree, do something noble during your work exp (like giving vaccines to poor kids or smth, and then work hard and wait.
Not true, MI6 (just like MI5) have a graduate scheme!
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(Original post by anonymous11123xo)
I'm pondering on which subjects to choose to enter the secret service. I have absolutely no idea which subjects would be ideal for an intelligence officer as I can't find any information on it. Which A level subjects would you guys suggest, and which degree (as a degree is needed for this). I'm planning on taking a gap year too before university to hopefully learn a different language and do some travelling as I've heard an interest in foreign culture and being bilingual can certainly help.
What A Levels you choose do not really matter, do the ones that interest you the most. MI6 (and MI5) do not require a certain degree subject to be an intelligence officer just a minimum of a 2:2. When choosing a degree pick a course that you will be interested in otherwise it will be a long three years. As others have mentioned learning a foreign language will be useful.
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(Original post by anonymous11123xo)
I'm pondering on which subjects to choose to enter the secret service. I have absolutely no idea which subjects would be ideal for an intelligence officer as I can't find any information on it. Which A level subjects would you guys suggest, and which degree (as a degree is needed for this). I'm planning on taking a gap year too before university to hopefully learn a different language and do some travelling as I've heard an interest in foreign culture and being bilingual can certainly help.
Some suggested courses:

1. A course in modern languages: Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, French etc.
2. STEM: computer science, physics, engineering, biology, chemistry
3. Human studies: philosophy, psychology, behaviourist science, politics, international relations.
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