People are dragging this UK government career quiz but how accurate is it for you?
7 October 2020, 17:47 | Updated: 7 October 2020, 18:06
Following Rishi Sunak's controversial job comments, the UK government has set up a new career test.
The UK Government is being called out after launching a new career test which tells you exactly which job you should have.
Yesterday (Oct 6), Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak faced huge backlash after suggesting that musicians, artists and actors should find new forms of employment. He said: "I can't pretend that everyone can do exactly the same job that they were doing at the beginning of this crisis. That's why we've put a lot of resource into trying to create new opportunities."
While it's unclear exactly what these new opportunities are, there is now a government test which gives you career advice.
Where can I take the UK Government career test? Take it below.
The test itself takes about five minutes to complete and it gives you a list of broad statements and you have to say that you either strongly agree, agree, it depends, disagree or strongly disagree with them. Once you've finished the test, it then gives you examples of areas you should work in, such as travel and tourism, teaching and education and science and research.
You can then answer more questions to be given specific jobs. For example, the travel and tourism section includes jobs like resort representative, hotel porter and museum assistant. The test also tells you the average salary for the jobs that it recommends, as well as how many hours you'd roughly be expected to work each week.
It's safe to say that people are unimpressed with the results. People are calling out the quiz for suggesting jobs that would take them years to qualify for and not even asking what people's personal interests are. Not to mention, many of the jobs it suggests are ones that people are currently unable to do as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
One person wrote: "It advised me to undertake 13 years of training in order to secure a job (Psychiatrist) which it describes as having a starting salary of 24k."
Another added: "I am a strategic communications professional but the government's skills test website has recommended 'fish frier' in a fish and chip shop as one of my top career choices that match my skills and interests and lads - I've never felt more seen."
Took the government's national careers service test because everyone else seems to be doing it. It advised me to undertake 13 years of training in order to secure a job (Psychiatrist) which it describes as having a starting salary of 24k.— Tom Whyman (@HealthUntoDeath) October 7, 2020
I am a strategic communications professional but the government's skills test website has recommended 'fish frier' in a fish and chip shop as one of my top career choices that match my skills and interests and lads - I've never felt more seen.— Sabrina Huck (@Sabrina_Huck) October 7, 2020
not the government career thing telling me become a hotel porter or a holiday rep. where exactly can i do those jobs during a pandemic, rishi?— 🐽alim kheraj (@alimkheraj) October 7, 2020
Career test results for me, the person who has never completed one full push up pic.twitter.com/VHZ4xkPZw8— Emily Herring is extremely online (@EtheHerring) October 7, 2020
Just done the National careers service test and I've apparently got more career options than a Barbie doll: pic.twitter.com/8PZ0sE7xrZ— Gordon Brown's Biscuit (@BrownsBiscuit) October 7, 2020