I work in local government.
Apparently, this makes me:
- unsuitable for to work in the private sector ever again
- guaranteed not to be accepted onto temping agency books
- looked down upon by private sector colleagues in the same job roles
- behind the times
- incapable of maintaining my own self development
- incapable of keeping up with the ‘real hard working people’ over in the private sector
I work for a start up once. It had about 15 people or so when I started. 1 person in Payroll, no Finance, no HR, a few internal ICT support guys. No management structure to speak of. I started as a 1st line support technician, I loved my job and I worked my ass off. I worked so damn hard I blew the targets out of the water.
2 years later the company employed 500 people, had a HR, Finance and internal support team. It was contemplating floating and investment was flying in. There was a proper management team, internal training and support and a fierce team spirit which saw us all drinking, socialising and in some cases, my case actually, living together with some of the people we worked with. I was a Team Leader in my early 20’s managing 15 1st line technicians and a 2nd line tech too.
A year later the dot com bubble burst. The owner is now being investigated, quietly, for fraud, judging by emails I’ve received from American reporters a few years ago.
I’ve worked in the public sector since about 2003. 7 years. I’ve never been promoted above Administrator. I don’t drink with my colleagues. I don’t receive bonuses, or training to develop me in new directions, only to make me more useful to the organisation. There is no rest room to go and sit in with quiet music and pool tables. There is rarely laughter, there is no money, there is no opportunity of promotion because no one leaves the public sector until they retire or they’re forced to.
Don’t tar me and every other person who you know who works in the public sector with the same brush. Some of us have work ethics. Some of us don’t go home at 5pm on the dot. Some of us will work until 10pm if asked and most of us for the kind of pay you wouldn’t even get out of bed for.
I chose to be here because I believed I could make a difference. But don’t you dare be so arrogant as to presume you are better than me because you work over in private.
This post brought to you, not by any one person, or conversation, or situation, but from years, and I do mean years of feeling like a second class citizen for having some ethics I wanted to work by.