I signed on for a short time when I was made redundant many years ago. Even the most motivated person would lose the will to live after a visit to the dole office.Had about six months out of work once, signed on. The dead eyes of those in the queue for the dole office, the shuffling walk of despair and lack of hope... none of them *wanted* to be like that, it was just if you could get out of that situation quick enough before it dragged you down to become a benefit zombie.
I've got a degree and they made me do a test to see if I could read and write and then a day of how to write a CV, followed by a week long course in how to look for a job (that could easily have been condensed to 5 minutes)! Turned out that counted as not available for work so you didn't get added to the jobless figures. Once I'd jumped through those hoops the helpful advise I got was that I was too qualified for any jobs they had so they wouldn't be able to help.