Isn't it weird. The Work Programme is supposed to be, as we all know by now, bespoke and tailored toward heloping the 'customer' (I don't remember buying anuything) achieve something meaningful. Not just be funnelled into the first job they happen to make you find by ordering you to search on basic jobsearch websites. As if those were the vacancies fhat needed filling the most.
When I tell them I want to be a writer (I have many interests, as I'm sure most people do; we aren't two dimensaional) they couldn't dismiss that quick enough. That gets classified as a 'long term' job goal; which is to say you get patted on the head for showing some interest in the idea of work. Then they get to use that 'interest' to compel you toward what suits them, not you.
Yet if I'd gone to college/university and become a writer on my own; for example let's imagine i'd gotten a degree in journalism and subsquently found a career accordingly, no one would be telling me I was wasting my time. I wouldn't have the Work Programme dismissing the idea and forcing me to apply for something i'm not interested in. "Well you wouldn't be unemployed", you might think. That's the difference; you can do what you like, but when you're on the 'payroll' of the state then your freewill as to your career amnd how you make money is forfeit.
I find that utterly bizarre.