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Some eagle-eyed social media users, however, have spotted that the Gov.uk website already has a tool that recommends new career directions for those affected - and some of suggestions have been surprising to say the least.
As Twitter user Hannah Rose Woods - contributor to the New Statesman and the Guardian - discovered, it looked like it was time to switch the thesaurus and keyboard for a pair of boxing gloves.
Government's advised me to retrain as a boxer pic.twitter.com/FCKEPPwuPR
- Hannah Rose Woods (@hannahrosewoods) October 7, 2020
Based on answers that suggested she was apparently 'a creative person and enjoys coming up with new ways of doing things', among other attributes, the site recommended she get herself down her local boxing gym and get hitting the heavy bag.
Hannah was far from the only one to receive a somewhat surprising new career suggestion. One Twitter user - no doubt filling in an application for Bake Off 2021 as we speak - found out they should become a 'cake decorator'.
Another, meanwhile, was surprised to see that they'd been recommended to retrain as a DJ, even as those in the music and nightlife industry protest that they've been told their jobs are unviable.
In a recent interview with ITV, when pressed on the plight of the creative industries in the UK, chancellor Rishi Sunak admitted: "I can't pretend that everyone can do exactly the same job that they were doing at the beginning of this crisis."
He added: "That's why we've put a lot of resource into trying to create new opportunities."
The interview caused outrage across social media, although Sunak has since clarified that he was no suggesting people in the creative industries should retrain, and pointed to the forthcoming Cultural Recovery Fund of £1.57 billion that is set to be distributed this month.
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