When I grow up…

I want to be a football referee???

If you haven’t already heard about it, Britain’s National Career Service has an assessment you can do to discover what careers your skills might suit. Not unusual, there are hundreds of these (the Australian government has one as well).

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What is unusual is that this one is so bad, it has gone viral. At the end of the assessment it told me there were 3 areas I might be able to work in: manufacturing, health and science and sports and leisure. I just needed to answer a couple more questions specifically on each category. Apparently I should be a:

  • Sports and leisure…footy referee
  • Manufacturing…leather technologist
  • Health and science…psychiatrist

When they flagged health and science I thought they might actually get it right (I am an environmental scientist) but nope. And footy referee and leather technologist, how random are they? Wouldn’t have thought I could build a career out of them. And psychiatrist only requires a million years of study, lol.

The reason it hit the media is because a UK Chancellor flagged the site for people who lost jobs during covid.

You can give the quiz a try here: UK Skills and Career Assessment (takes about 5 minutes).

What career did it recommend for you?

8 comments on “When I grow up…

  1. When you say “footy,” you mean soccer, right? I always got a kick out of the referees in Australian-rules football…

    • Actually, when I say footy I mean football – we have 3 codes in Australia: Australian Football League (called AFL), rugby league and rugby union. We call soccer, soccer here. But football referee here would mean soccer because it is an English quiz and they call soccer, football (so confusing, lol)

  2. I got manufacturing, creative and media, and construction and trades. I can see that. I’m not going to answer more questions, though. I can kind of see how they got me to those three.

  3. Business, law, manufacturing

  4. Mine said I should be a judge. LOL I’m an attorney but I have acted as a temporary judge in Los Angeles County for small claims and traffic matters.

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