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Things to know about Government Jobs
Be it the prestigious Indian Administrative Services [IAS] or Probationary Officer [PO] at a renowned public sector bank, a government job is, deservedly, one of the most aspired for jobs in the country. With the opportunity to work for the betterment of the country, it also offers exceptional remuneration, job security and other benefits. Further, as part of your job, you may also be visiting some of the most unexplored and unique corners around the Indian peninsula. Some more examples include jobs such as Election Officers, Army Officers, RBI Officers, etc. In this article, we will provide a rundown of some of the merits of working as an officer of the government.
Flexibility concerns the timings and the generally held belief of government jobs being unforgiving about their work schedules. However, this is completely baseless as most government officials have a smooth work schedule with opportunities for holidays as well as changeable work schedules. The Indian government is committed to the health and wellness of its employees and regularly offers more flexibility with time.
While the pay levels of most government jobs are not off the charts when compared to similar level private industry jobs but it is fairly adequate and regularly revised. In addition to that, it carries numerous allowances like dearness allowance, house rent allowance, conveyance allowance, amongst others. Moreover, as your grade increases, the increase is substantial as well.
Under other benefits, All government jobs may provide you with, depending on the level, living family quarters in beautiful surroundings, private or limited public conveyance and much more. Additionally, concerning holidays, there are some government/public/festival holidays which would be counted as working days in private companies. In government jobs, besides Saturdays and Sundays generally considered as paid leaves, you can take the benefit of the above ones too. Furthermore, generous long leaves structure ensures you get to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Contrary to popular belief, government jobs have work output based promotions. Often, fresh recruits show a lot of energy at the start and simmer off later and miss out on promotions. Therefore, it is suggested that maintain consistency and dedication throughout the tenure of the job no matter where you start and then endeavor to move up the ladder through positive recommendations.
Service to Nation
One of the most important advantages candidates have is the opportunity to work for the service of the nation. This is the most important factor of the attached privilege of working as a government official. It is not just the fact that you working as a public officer but also that the hours you put in are in some or the other way improving the lives of the citizens of the country. It, is most often, an inexpressible feeling but something that is a prime motivator.
In terms of the security of the job, a government official can rest assured of it in contrast to a private employee who may not have complete job security even if permanent. Government jobs usually employ on long term permanent basis and it is one of the most appreciated advantages in the country. Even now, in rural interiors, where job security matters most, govt. jobs are the only thing to aspire.
This advantage can be considered as one of the most underappreciated merits of government jobs. Employees who are willing to leave their job early due to personal, career or family reasons can do so at their ease, no questions asked.
While the work pressure varies greatly from job to job and department to department, it is usually less when measured up against the relentless workload on private industry workers. In entry-level jobs, it is mostly clerical and can be performed with comfort.
As mentioned in the introduction, if the job requires, government employees can also visit foreign countries as vacations or for work. For instance, officers in the Indian Foreign Service [IFS] are regularly required to make such visits for official purposes. Taking advantage of such visits, you can visit some of the most interesting and exciting places worldwide. Moreover, the government, in some cases, also sponsors abroad education for their employees.
Interesting & Challenging Work Responsibilities
If you have seen the highly awarded movie ‘Newton’ or the series ‘Panchayat’, you may already have a clue what this section is about. The work responsibilities in government jobs are dynamic, challenging and unique, unlike anything you may have experienced before. From working in remote locations and understanding their lifestyles to plan the urban architecture of a to-be-constructed town, it entails a lot of creative thinking and vision.
Lastly, it must be said that getting selected for government jobs is a real tough nut to crack. But, if you are up for the hard work and preparation, you need not worry about it.