The CIA’s website
- It’s decent, especially for a government organization.
- It’s easy to find what you’re looking for.
- It’s current (there’s even an RSS news feed).
- The copy’s accessible and the font is readable.
- There are puzzles on the Kids Page.
The CIA offers training in 16 different languages. And they give you “monetary incentives” if you learn them. Wow, pay me to learn a language! Paying for it myself only got me to the subjunctive tense in Spanish and to the point where the French don’t want to kill me when I visit their fair city. Just barely.
Aliens. UFOs. The real reasons behind the wars. Apocalyptic messages in the Bible. Codes. The minds behind political assassinations.
Seriously, who doesn’t want to know this stuff?
Based on a brief glance through the open positions, the average salary with the CIA seems to be $50,000 to $100,000 a year. So, I know you make more as a hedge fund manager or a consultant. But seriously, as a sign language interpreter?
Whoa, I take that back, sign language interpreters clean up.
Anyway, $100,000 a year sounds nice.
Here are the keywords that got my attention in this job description:
- “weapons of mass destruction”
- “elite corps”
- “national security”
I want to be part of an elite corps of clandestine spies who traffic in weapons of mass destruction and narcotics with detailed knowledge of national security.
Oh wait, maybe I just want to be in the mafia.
Shooting is a Skill, Not a Crime
So, I didn’t see much about weapons training on the website. This is a shame.
I Can Use My Major and You Can, Too
Look! Look! They have graphic design/illustration. So, it’s not fine art, but hey, it’s something. Check out yours here.
You can apply to work for the CIA on their website. It can take 2 months to 1 year +, and it involves a background investigation, polygraph, a mental & physical exam, and a test to measure your potential to be coerced.
Although this does not sound like fun (especially the coercion test, which to me reads “TORTURE”), most of these skills are handy if you’re actively pursuing world domination, so I suggest you start now.