Most people in India, especially in smaller towns and cities, are crazy about “Government Jobs”. They say that it offers “Job Security”, “benefits”, etc. I particularly am not fond of such notions. Since I have graduated as an Engineer,(without getting placed in campus, poor me right?) my parents regularly pester me whenever they see an advertisement for Government jobs. I fail to understand their fascination and lust for government jobs.
Now my hatred for so-called “Government jobs” is not without reason. First of all the system of recruitment for government jobs leaves very little opportunity for a general, physically fit, male with very little ‘connections’ or well-enough economic means to get a government job legally. It’s not impossible but very hard. So since its very hard its better not to spend any energy pursuing it and rather using it for some other purposes.
Secondly most government servants that I have seen are either bored of their jobs because they have very little to do or they are tired of their jobs. In other words the clichéd work-life balance is not to be found. Now I would rather work in a challenging environment in a corporate firm and possibly getting more or less deserved compensation instead of working my ass off in a PSU or other government sectors where my work will most possibly go unnoticed. Also the work that people are doing in SpaceX, Tesla, Google, Amazon, Airbnb like companies and many upcoming Indian startups amazes me and I would very happily love to work in such environments.
Thirdly office politics is existent everywhere but more so in the government sector(i am telling from my father’s experience) . Also laws of this country makes it possible for somebody with lesser experience to be promoted before if he/she happens to belong to a certain section of the society(i will not comment on the fairness of it). I would appreciate a place where my merit is the first priority when it comes to promotion and salary raise which seems to be the case in the private sector.
Fourthly, the whole idea of job security in the government sector and no job security in the private or corporate sector is utter bullshit. If you really have skills you will never be laid off and even if you are you can always expand the plethora of skills and get a job anyway. During recession in America even public sector job cuts also happened. Such a thing have not happened in India (as far as I know) till now but we cannot negate the possibility of it happening in future. Therefore unless the situations in the government sector improves or I am overpowered by family pressure I am not joining any government sector jobs any time soon.
P.S.- when I say about Government jobs please exclude the Defense, Civil Services, Research and Higher education jobs, because I would love to work in only these sectors of government, if at all.
“I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way”- Carl Sagan
Life is full of surprises. You can’t really predict what is going to happen in the next moment. Who knows, you might end up becoming a millionaire in a second by winning a lottery or a pauper by losing all in a street mugging. It is this unpredictability that makes life exciting.
I don’t have it all figured out in life. In the final days of my engineering degree studies, many of my classmates have already landed jobs, while others got admits into various universities around the world for further studies and others are going for something or the other. I on the other hand do not have any concrete plans for the immediate future.
Maybe I would take a one year sabbatical from studies and go on a backpacking expedition across India or maybe I would land in some startup and learn a whole lot of stuff or some competitive exam or the other. The possibilities are endless and I wouldn’t commit to any one by dismissing the others.
“Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting”- Haruki Murakami
People have been troubling me with questions of what would I do after graduation. I know they mean well but I have nothing in particular to say to them, so I have been giving them cooked up plans of my future course of action. It annoys me a lot when they pity on me because I haven’t yet got a job (because that’s what they feel studies are for). Well I would advise or rather request them to mind their own business and stop worrying for me like a teenager. They see my future as bleak.
I on the other hand would like to believe otherwise. I could end up doing many exciting things as I do not have any expectations as of now from my immediate future. I do not have any idea what is going to happen next in my life and that for me is okay. I would not worry much about it but pursue whatever life offers me next. I am curious about the future and the future seems a lot exciting to me nowadays.
“Madness is the result not of uncertainty but of certainty”- Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s that time of the year again. Christmas is over and new year is knocking on our doors, and yes time for resolutions. But no, I am done with resolutions instead I would focus on what the soon-to-be passed year has taught me. They say a man must learn from his mistakes and should not commit the same mistake twice, so here’s to the things I have learned this year.
1. Priorities- It doesn’t matter what I do as long as I have my priorities right. So all work and no play makes johnny a dull boy afterall. Maybe I must not feel guilty about indulging once in a while.
2. Be selfish in times of conflict- Helping others is all well and good and you must but not when helping others is in conflict with your own priorities. In such cases don’t help others. But do no evil.
3. Connections matter- It’s not an ideal world so no matter how much we complain connections matter in every sphere of life. Its good to be acquainted with as many persons as possible.
4. You can’t please everyone- someone is inevitably going to get hurt at times so no use feeling guilty
5. No use worrying over the past- The past is well, past you can only learn from your mistakes and move on.
6. No good can come by being judgemental- things are rarely as they seem they are, so are people.
7. Inspiration received, perspiration begin- Someone said, success is 99% perspiration 1% inspiration. All along I have been worrying about 1%, but now I have got that 1% its time to work on the 99%.
By the way Happy New Year.