Careers Advisory Board or Burglar/Encyclopaedia Salesman is a sketch that appears in the fifth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Man's Crisis of Identity in the Latter Half of the 20th Century."


The head of the Careers Advisory Board (Michael Palin) introduces himself and sadly admits that he much preferred several other careers.

He then presents a successful encyclopaedia salesman (Eric Idle), who passes himself off as a burglar to a pepperpot (John Cleese). She lets him in and he reveals his true occupation.

The Careers Advisory Board head than presents three unsuccessful encyclopaedia salesman, who are all thrown out windows.

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