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Graduates told not to expect James Bond careers at MI6

Published: Monday, 26 November 2007   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

MI6 has warned students looking for graduate jobs that the organisation is not offering careers similar to that of James Bond.

Agents from MI6 have been talking to the BBC in an attempt to get more people from ethnic backgrounds to apply for positions and to dispel myths about working for the service which are mostly caused by the James Bond films.

Speaking on BBC Radio One's Newsbeat programme, the head of recruitment at MI6 said: "I think it gives people a false impression of what working for the organisation is actually like. So it does tend to turn up quite a lot of thrill seekers and fantasists and we're really not interested in them."
"We don't have a licence to kill, we don't carry Berettas, that's simply not true," he added.

Meanwhile Manchester University has announced it will be hosting a Chinese graduate fair this week.
Chinese speaking graduates are being encouraged to attend the fair. Over 30 companies from China will be there to talk to graduates about careers in China.

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