Hiring All Misfits: British Government Seeks “Weirdos With Odd Skills”

by | Jan 10, 2020

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Hiring All Misfits: British Government Seeks “Weirdos With Odd Skills”

Britain is hiring, and qualified candidates with a good education need not apply.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking to mix things up among his policy makers and advisers. So, his chief adviser posted a three thousand word blog calling for an unusual set of people with different skills and backgrounds. That includes data scientists, software developers, communications experts and yes “weirdos and misfits with odd skills.”

This comes after Johnson won a comfortable majority in last month’s election running on a platform that promised seismic changes. His adviser says change is needed because of profound problems at the core of how the british government makes decisions.

He doesn’t need any more arts graduates educated at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge. Instead, Johnson is looking for, “super-talented and some wild-card artist people who never went to university and fought their way out of an appalling hell hole.”

His chief adviser says these new hires need to figure out how criminal gangs are exploiting holes in border security. Not Oxford graduates who chat about Shakespeare at dinner parties. This could be interesting.

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