SECRET INTELLIGENCE FIELD AGENTS/OPERATIVES/OFFICERS
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When you think of working as a Secret Intelligence field Agent/Operative, the Mission Impossible and James Bond movies come to mind and you may secretly dream about the action, investigations, unravelling huge conspiracy plots, but is it really that exciting? Perhaps not all the time, but you may have to hide your job title when you speak to friends and family in some cases. Several of the Secret Intelligence Services jobs are desk bound and entail more paper work than action, although some of the positions involve High Risk, Stealth, Unconventional and Exciting Work.
Apart from working as a Secret Intelligence field agent/operative you may consider a support job at your country’s Secret Intelligence Services or National Intelligence Services. These types of jobs include linguists who can translate foreign languages, communication officers, call centre assistants, technicians, network specialists, computer technicians, security officers, investigators, administrative personnel jobs, propaganda officers, and personnel or recruitment officers. If you still hooked on being a secret field agent/operative, you should at least understand what the job may entail.
Types of Secret Intelligence Agents/Operatives
A Secret Intelligence agent/operative is normally a person who has the authority to act on behalf of an institution or an authorized person. The secret or special field agent can also be called an intelligence field officer or even a field operative. In the secret services, a distinction can be made between the field agent and the field operative. The field agent is hired from outside and reports to the field operative who is a permanent employee of the agency. The terms can be very confusing, for instance, some field operatives refer to themselves as field agents, whilst others use the term field operative. The secret or intelligence field worker is one who works under cover or as part of a clandestine operation and thus keeps his or her relationship with the agency hidden.
The double field agent/operative is someone who acts as an undercover field agent for one agency in another agency. An example would be where a person from one government infiltrates another country's agency and acts as if he is part of that country’s agency. He is thus a spy. This type of work carries enormous risk and if the double field agent is caught by the country where he is spying, he may be imprisoned or even killed.
Another type of Secret Intelligence field agent/operative is called the sleeper. The sleeper is a field agent who may be inactive for a certain period and then called to act on instructions. There is thus a delay in the espionage activity for some time. The provoker on the other hand is a field agent who is instructed to join a certain group and then instigate illegal action that would bring the group in conflict with the police of a country.
Working as a Secret Intelligence field agent/operative can involve espionage. You are then instructed to gather information about another country’s activities, their military operations or the secret agents. The type of information can range from financial data to personal information about politicians and even new military equipment. Despite the severe consequences of being caught as a spy, the international intelligence community sees espionage as a normal activity that takes place everyday and it is accepted that countries will appoint spies. Almost every country in the world has an internal and external intelligence division. The Central Intelligence Agency, more commonly known as the CIA in America is an example of external secret intelligence agency work. Russia has the FSB and SVR, while the UK has MI5 and MI6, and Canada calls its secret service CSIS.
Purpose of Secret Intelligence Services
The Secret Intelligence Agencies are needed to protect the citizens against clandestine and covert operations from other countries and internal sources. They also act to secure a country’s valuable information and prevent coups and the creation of instability within a country.
What is like working as a Secret Intelligence Agent/Operative?
The role of a Secret Intelligence Operative is truly unique. It offers highly talented people the opportunity to help protect and promote national interests and, in some cases, help save lives. Secret Intelligence Operatives plan, develop and manage intelligence operations overseas in often difficult environments that draw on their judgment, intellect and inner strengths. Secret Intelligence Operatives display personal courage, are highly motivated and have an innate sense of curiosity. They enjoy connecting with people from different cultures and overcoming obstacles to deliver results.
The role of a Secret Intelligence Operative is challenging and exciting – it’s a job not just anyone can do.
Following a lengthy recruitment process, as a successful applicant you will undertake extensive and demanding training. After passing the training course, you will have the opportunity to work overseas as a Secret Intelligence Operative.
To succeed as a Secret Intelligence Operative, you will need to demonstrate:
- superior interpersonal and liaison skills in order to build strong relationships with people
- personal presence and impact, with a proven ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
- excellent communication skills
- high levels of maturity and self-management skills, with excellent judgment and the ability to assess risks
- resilience and self-motivation, with a determination to achieve results in difficult and high-pressure environments
- the highest levels of personal integrity and professionalism, which the specific intelligence agency will continue to support through comprehensive training and development programs.
A career in the Secret Intelligence Services is one overflowing with variety and the never ending hunt for information. The Secret Intelligence workers perform enquiries, carry out in-depth studies, evaluate data, and organize the data into precise and informative reports on issues connected to state protection.
The type of the work carried out by the Secret Intelligence workers fluctuate according to projects, demands, and issues at stake. The employees come from a wide range of disciplines such as humanities, politics, criminology, natural sciences, economic related fields, to medical and even technical backgrounds.
Requirements for working as a Secret Intelligence Agent/Operative.
You need to have a thorough grasp of at least one foreign language, or if you stay in a country with several languages, you may be required to be able to speak at least two of the languages. A degree in any of the mentioned fields is normally a prerequisite. Thorough background checks are conducted and people with criminal records may find it hard to get in with the secret services. You have to be a citizen of the country where you apply to become a secret agent. A lot of travelling and relocation may form part of your job and you thus should be willing to relocate on short notice. However, for the covert or clandestine field operatives and/or agents none of the above prerequisites apply.
Secret Intelligence careerists have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of tasks, with opportunities for overseas travel available in several career categories. Secret Intelligence personnel are able to transfer between career categories if they meet the requirements. For those with language skills intelligence offers the opportunity to utilize and develop the full range of foreign language skills, area studies expertise, and analytical skills.
You are required to be working as an Intelligence Agent for a set period. The probation period varies as per Agency or Organization. Training is done through a number of workshops, courses and on the job training methods. Apart from this, you may also be required to get a post graduate degree in the field you work in. Employees undergo training in many areas including management, IT, GIS, criminology, investigations, etc. However, for the covert or clandestine field operatives and/or agents, the training and methods are specific to the field operative or agent activities, and none of the above prerequisites apply.
The starting salary is not high during the probation period, but if you successfully complete training and gain enough experience while working as a Secret Intelligence field agent/operative/officer, your salary will increase rapidly and enormously.
Fantastic benefits and opportunities
Comprehensive and advancement training programs
Access to classified information and understanding the world secret realities
Opportunities to alter the world's balance of power
- Never ending mind works
An amazing service to the nation and its people
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If the information given is useful to the service, you will be well paid, and if you have the characteristics and/or accesses you may be nominated as a field agent with benefits, and paid well for your services.
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