Job security, many benefits and not so demanding… Really? Get the real picture.
A few days ago, I was talking to a group of fresh graduates – engineers and MBAs. I asked him about his dream job and was surprised when he said that he prefers any government job, especially in a state government organization. They will agree to a private job only if they do not go through the recruitment process for government organizations and PSUs!
It got me thinking about job priorities almost 20 years ago. In those days, job seekers were desperate to join large private corporations and multinationals. With so many young talented professionals eager to work with, many Pharma, Retail, IT and ITeS companies have met their expansion goals and are still thriving. But now the job market scenario seems to have completely reversed.
The reason for this new craze for government jobs is a misconception in the minds of today’s youth. They are under a misconception that a government job is ‘not demanding’, ‘has no target’ and ‘offers a lot of benefits’. Above all, it comes with ‘job security’ even though the salary is less as compared to a job in the private sector.
Well, the reality is something else. Let’s see how
Myth 1: Salary and benefits of a government job are always higher than that of private jobs.
At the entry level, state government jobs (MPPSC) pay the lowest, not the lowest. When I talk to the mentor of MPPSC Coaching in Indore Mr. Sharma he said there are many vacancies in state govt like postman and mail guard, constable, mp police Bharti, peon etc . The minimum education criteria for the posts was class X or XII. The salary was up to Rs. 20,000!
When it comes to ‘other benefits’ such as maternity benefits or medical benefits, government organizations clearly score higher than the private sector. that is very true.
Now, let us look at the downside of a government job in terms of salary and other benefits.
Salary in government organizations is attractive only at the entry level. As the years pass, the ‘benefits’ that a government employee receives are much less than that of his private counterpart.
Myth 2 – Government jobs are less demanding, have no goals and are ‘permanent’.
Government jobs are no longer as padded as before. The government is working on well thought out policies to deal with non-performers. In fact, following instructions from Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha, which called for a review of non-performing officers, the Department of Personnel and Training has already come out with detailed guidelines to deal with non-performing and officers of doubtful integrity. has come. This means that now that the government employees are not performing their duties properly, misbehaving and acting negligently, they can no longer stay on their jobs.
On the other hand, unlike before, the government is creating contractual roles based on the human resource required for a specific project. For example, Bihar Rural Livelihood Promotion Society hires personnel on contract basis for the posts ranging from social worker to director. Therefore, all government jobs will no longer be ‘permanent’. In addition, the government is looking to outsource some jobs to the private sector.
Jobs in government and private sectors come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Job seekers should select on the basis of their risk-appetite.