When we were on vacation last month, we read in the newspaper that Australia’s Secret Intelligence Service is looking for a master locksmith. The ASIS is advertising for a “corporate locksmith” to provide “services and advice across the organisation.” The job is “a unique role for a highly motivated and dedicated locksmith” who will be required to travel and often on short notice. ASIS is offering a salary of up to A$93,581 (more or less on par with the American dollar). Work could include cracking the safes of foreign embassies in the Oz capital of Canberra, as well as looking after ASIS’s secrets. The successful candidate would also be responsible for managing the purchasing of all locks, safes, and secure containers for ASIS. Applicants should have a squeaky clean background, with no criminal behavior.
On a related note — and this will make sense in a moment — Saturday was Grace’s 14th birthday. Among her gifts were the following:
Please note that it is illegal to buy tools with criminal intent and that what we actually bought our daughter was a wax carving set. There is, as far as I know, no crime in having a book on an interesting topic.
As for the book, as someone commented on Facebook over the weekend, is there some sort of impractical lock picking?
She also asked for and received this:
I don’t worry too much about her using her powers for evil and not good.
So, as you can see, Grace is a good candidate for the job listing above. Of course, she lacks experience and age, but she could always revisit the possibilities in a decade or so.
If you could do any job in the world, regardless of your skill set, your age, the salary, and the location, what would it be?