The business world is scary in today’s world. But, with storms of cutbacks in the headlines, everyone seeks a safe harbor: Singapore’s Civil Servant.
The pay is good, the system is incorruptible, and it’s an “iron rice dish,” right? Is the Civil Services, on the other hand, up to the task? What are the disadvantages of being a governmental drone rather than a company drone?
So, what exactly are the Public Sector and Civil Service?
Several Singaporeans believe that all government employees are federal servants that serve the Legal Profession.
There is a distinction. The Public Sector (86,000 members) is a subgroup of the Government Service (153,000 deputies) that includes persons who function in state agencies and departments.
Working with Singapore’s civil servants has some advantages.
Let’s summarize the Civil Service’s key benefits in five perks.
Since they make the labor rules, the Civil Service follows them religiously. There will be no blank stares from your bosses whenever you discuss AWS and no dentistry plan using twine and a doorknob. Pay is still on schedule, bonuses are regular, and exercising job rights is simple.
The Civil Service provides immediately useful occupations. Who would you see coming around the bend when you’re being mugged? A tazer-wielding cop or your attorney with a suitcase? Most Civil Service jobs directly benefit everyone.
The Civil Services has been commonly called “the metal rice dish.” Retrenching first from Civil Service is more difficult but not impossible. Despite how bad the recession gets, people will always need the Civil Service.
Professional development is subsidized.
The Civil Service of Singapore prioritizes personnel training and continuous learning. After all, “upskilling” has become the new buzzword around town. So unless the PAP forces people to go through it, it should supply it for its employees.
As a federal servant, you can take advantage of discounted training or programs. Although you can find this one in the private sector, possibilities are never as plentiful as they once were inside the civil service.
Disadvantages of working for the government.
Employment in the civil service has its drawbacks.
Top-down authority is enforced.
In a Civil, the agency’s service company is tight, primarily because in places like the army. Instructions are given from the executive level, and the interplay between levels is limited. That’s not the job route for someone who refuses to follow directions or enjoys asking “why.”
Absence of apparent creative environment.
The Civil Service favors predictable patterns. When faced with a juvenile mob, the last item you would want is the riot team to become “creative.” Most public service careers aren’t with you if you like being rewarded for taking risks and thinking outside the box.
However, there are lots of corporate positions that are as awful.
The importance of credentials on paper.
Qualifications are more important than effort in the Civil Service. Therefore, your employer will most likely be someone with higher credentials.
Your paper skills will impact your future employment. Degree or “O” grade holders face alot. You may compensate for lack of credentials in the business world. However, don’t expect that to happen in the civil service.
So, should you work for the government?
When you like safety and are afraid of taking risks, the Civil Service could be for you. That is, assuming you could get in.
However, unless you’re the go-getter business kind, less traumatic experiences are available.