Jiig-Cal and BBC Scotland

This is a Seesmic post that I made this evening about an email I got from BBC Scotland about this blog post from 2005: My JIIG-CAL results from 1985.

According to the BBC journalist who contacted me “the story will be up on the website from first thing on Friday morning and there should also be a piece on Reporting Scotland tomorrow night.”

So check it out on BBC Scotland tomorrow at 18:30 … obviously if you’re living in Scotland that is; maybe they’ll do a BBC iPlayer kind of thing too, I dunno.


The story is now on the BBC News Scotland website: The computer that predicted the future, although the link to my blog is currently broken — I’m sure the BBC Web boffins will fix that soon though.

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7 thoughts on “Jiig-Cal and BBC Scotland”

  1. I did see it here first! I remember doing Jiig Cal in 1988ish I got the Statistician one too! I reckon they had a quota of numbers per occupation that they wanted to fill and they were really short on Probation officers (England and Wales) and Occupational Therapists. I look forward to seeing the BBC piece on it!

  2. I am the daughter of the man who “invented” JIIG-CAL – Jim Closs. Being a handy guinea-pig, I filled in numerous JIIG-CAL forms over the years and was repeatedly told that I’d become a teacher – no matter, seemingly, what I put in to the forms. I had no interest in, and no intention of becoming a teacher. I went to uni to study English Literature – and after my first seminar, feeling overwhelmed by loud public-school types spouting about Wordsworth, decided to convert 1/3 of my degree to Education. But I still wasn’t going to be a teacher – it was just an easy course to get on to and to take alongside English. I did an MPhil and went into Publishing and then got made redundant from my first editorial job. Thanks to my degree, I got a job working as an editor for a big academic publisher – on a Primary School reading scheme. They sent me to try out the books in primary schools – I realised that I preferred this to the editing. At the age of 26, I finally admitted defeat and applied to train as a teacher. I’m now at the end of my 12th year of teaching and I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s hard to admit that your parents are right – even if a computer told them the answers!

    1. Fascinating. I have recommended jiig-CAL to a number of people after a colleague, a college careers officer, recommended it for a former partner who was a disenchanted radiologist. According to jiig-CAL she should be a naval architect. Her response? I wish I could live my life over again and do that. It never occurred to me that there was such a career. But of course it’s obvious.
      I’m a former educator myself, and I only did jiig-CAL after I’d run away to become a writer. And what did jiig-CAL say I should be? A writer. Bingo!
      Your father has probably changed countless lives for the better. I wonder, though, if jiig-CAL would say that’s what he should have been doing!
      Is the software still available here in the UK?

  3. Hi Jan, thanks for your post — that’s a great story.

    I still remember quite vividly sitting in Mr Wood’s classroom (what would eventually become the computer room) at Selkirk High School filling in my Jiig-Cal questionnaire.

    And then the excitement at getting the results. And then the slight disappointment at reading the results and discovering that Rock Star wasn’t listed. Or Cricketer.

  4. What is this about? What did it predict for you? Wanted to comment on the photo but it wouldn’t work. There is a better one of you at Catriona Somerville and the Rev. Cecil Hargreaves’ wedding at Bowden in 1972.Jane is more attractive . I used to have dark hair!

  5. Here’s what it predicted for me, Mum:

    1. Statistician (8/10) – Skills: logical, numerical ability, good self-expression, co-operative
    2. Occupational Therapist (8/10) – Skills: good organiser, resourcefulness, sympathetic, good with your hands
    3. Youth & Community Worker (8/10) – Skills: outgoing personality, good organiser, energy, tolerant
    4. Social Worker – Fieldwork (8/10) – Skills: sympathetic, pleasant manner, able to inspire confidence, patience
    5. Assistant Prison Governor (8/10) – Skills: able to understand other people’s problems, leadership, good administrator, able to discipline
    6. Mathematician (8/10) – Skills: good concentration, logical, analytical, good self-expression
    7. Probation Officer (England/Wales) (8/10) – Skills: able to inspire confidence, perseverence, resilience, sympathetic
    8. Social Worker – Residential (8/10) – Skills: able to inspire confidence, perseverence, resilience, sympathetic
    9. Insurance Underwriter (8/10) – Skills: sound judgement, honesty, able to take responsibility, accuracy
    10. Physicist (7/10) – Skills: scientific approach, numerical ability, good reasoning power, accuracy

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