Boxer or lock-keeper? Government careers quiz scorned by users

A UK government jobs quiz aimed at identifying potential new areas of work provides a string of unhelpful career suggestions including lock-keeping and boxing as well as currently precarious posts including airline pilot and cinema projectionist, users have complained.



a group of people standing on top of a suitcase: Photograph: Richard Baker/Alamy


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Rishi Sunak’s warning that the coronavirus pandemic would force employees to adapt to find work has prompted much interest in the beta version of the career assessment tool. But some of the results it has produced, based on answers to 50 questions, have prompted mirth and despair among users.



a group of people standing on top of a suitcase: Quiz also suggests currently precarious posts including airline pilot and cinema projectionist.


© Photograph: Richard Baker/Alamy
Quiz also suggests currently precarious posts including airline pilot and cinema projectionist.

Suggested posts in troubled industries caused the most alarm. Lara Platman, a photographer, was unimpressed to be told she might suit the role of an airline pilot or lock-keeper.

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