Mums For MI-6

The site Mumsnet was started back in 2000 when “… Justine Roberts embarked on a disastrous family holiday. Her idea was to create a website (with (and friends Carrie Longton and Steven Cassidy) where parents could swap advice about not just holidays but all the other stuff parents talk about.”

Mumsnet claims it is now the UK’s biggest network for parents, with well over 70 million page views and 14 million unique visits per month.

Naturally, they also have a jobs boards, with openings suited to parents. Check out the latest post:

Intelligence Officers

Welcome to the human side of global intelligence

MI6 works to promote and protect the UK’s national interests in the UK and overseas by ensuring our government has the information it needs. Our world is centred round trust and relationships. There are complex beliefs and motivations at play – and the actions of individuals can genuinely influence global events.

Because we bring a very human approach to gathering secret overseas intelligence, our work is all about people. This is a place where qualities like creativity, insight, curiosity, empathy and intuition are valued just as highly as intellectual ability and analytical, logical thinking. We’re a team with a passion for global affairs and other cultures, countries and languages – and a fascination with human nature.

Your role

In today’s world, intelligence is drawn from sources as diverse as satellites and seismic sensors, social media and SMS. Yet human intelligence, gathered in the field, will always have immense significance and value. As an Intelligence Officer you could play a wide range of roles at the heart of our work – from analysing intelligence to planning operations to working in the field overseas.

About you

We’re looking for a record of professional achievement, complemented by a wide range of life experiences too. People skills are a must to complement your analytical ability and interest in world events. You’ll be looking for a role that stretches your abilities and gives you a sense of genuine achievement and pride.


Our roles are as individual as you are, find out more by visiting our website (embed:

To apply to MI6 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 21 years old and normally have been based in the UK for the majority of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.

MI6 strives for diversity in the workplace and is committed to the creation and maintenance of a climate in which all staff are treated fairly on the grounds of merit and ability.

It appears that MI-6 is looking for recruits with high emotional intelligence. In other words, they’re looking for spies willing to dance it off rather than willy-nilly shooting the “bad guys”: from an interview with a real life MI-6 agent:

Which brings me to the whole double-O prefix thing. I am almost embarrassed to ask but I do it anyway: is anyone in SIS (MI6) licensed to kill? “Absolutely not,” replies Kamal. “The mythology around espionage and around SIS in particular is extremely misleading. We are an organisation that revels in subtlety and the methods 007 employs – crash-banging across cities in both hemispheres – is entirely misleading. We seek to operate in the shadows and we don’t like to draw attention to ourselves. Having a licence to kill is the antithesis of that.”

That makes asense, though it’s hardly sexy enough for today’s audiences to shell out $10 a pop to view a 2 hour dramatization thereof. 1 . On the other hand…you have to take into account that comes from the mouth of a practiced intelligence officer – it’s probably just disinformation. Right?

Mums For MI-6

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  1. A shame that – recently Oldman did well by one of the genre’s gold standards. And then there was Smiley’s People; what a gem that was.

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