Mandarin Language Opportunities
graduate scheme
Expires10 days

Mandarin Language Opportunities

Job description

Your knowledge of Mandarin could open up a fascinating career in intelligence. By joining MI5, MI6 or GCHQ, you can play your part in protecting the UK and its interests.

The roles
We are looking for Mandarin linguists for roles that will go well beyond translation and transcription. It takes knowledge of the culture, history, politics and ideology to fully understand the original idea. And if you can do that, you can enable MI5, MI6 or GCHQ to make the right choices to help safeguard national security.

It’s genuinely interesting work that will test your judgement, your people skills and your linguistic ability every day.

The agencies

MI5 is responsible for the domestic security of the UK – the work of linguists helps to identify and counter threats to the UK from terrorism, espionage and proliferation. MI6 works overseas to gather intelligence that helps protect the nation and its interests. GCHQ is focused on technology and cyber, collecting foreign intelligence which linguists translate and analyse to protect the UK from terrorism, hackers, espionage and organised crime.

There are openings for Mandarin specialists at all three of the UK’s intelligence agencies.

Grow and develop
You'll be working alongside like-minded people from a variety of backgrounds in a culture with a strong focus on learning and development. You’ll be supported to enhance your linguistic skills further, for example by specialising in a specific dialect. Your all-round development will be promoted too.

What we are looking for

Your language skills could come from growing up in a multi-lingual family, or you may have studied Mandarin to a high level. You certainly need a passion for the language and ability to translate its nuances into clear, well-drafted English.

Your linguistic skills need to be complemented by good knowledge of China's cultural affairs, history, politics, ideology and economy. You also need to combine an analytical, enquiring mind with strong powers of judgement and good people skills.

Accepted degree subjects


How to apply

All three agencies are recruiting. To find out further information about their work and to apply, please visit the website via the Apply button.

To apply, you must be a born or naturalised British citizen. Do not discuss your application with anyone, except your partner or a close family member, provided they are British. You should stress to them the importance of discretion.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 30/07/2018

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Closing date: Continuous recruitment


Additional job details


Up to £31,981

Salary depending on allowances

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