the best choice?
July 1, 2008 7:44am CST
i've just completed my degree..now looking for a job..i got many advices on working in the government and private..some says its better to work in the gov some says its better to work in the private sector..so what do you think?which is the best choice?and why is it so?
1 Jul 08
If you are after security of tenure and free scholarships, you go for government work. However, if you really want exposure on the latest trends and best practices in your field of expertise, you go to a private firm. At the end of the day, you go somewhere your needs are met and satisfied.
1 Jul 08
I think it all depends on where you are too. I'm from across the causeway, where most people who get a scholarship from the government are usually bonded for about 8-years and that keeps them tied to the security of being with the government. In Singapore, the government is so dominant in the economy, that government civil servants have a large say in allot of things. Personally, though I've never done well working in the government type environment, where allot of things are tied in with politics and bureaucracy. I suppose its pretty much the same in Malaysia, though as a snooty Singaporean, would I be correct in saying that government service in Malaysia is not always about your talent and ability but your connection? ;) I think if you plan your career, you can try out both the government and private sectors during the course of your career. If you know how to offer the strengths of both sectors, you can actually become more valuable to the sector that hires you. Of course, it does depend on what you did at university. For example, you could work for the government in a regulatory authority. Then, at the end of a few years, you could jump into the private sector of the industry you used to regulate. The private sector will find you valuable because you would have the government contacts, particularly amongst the people that the industry needs. Tax people usually find lucrative second careers as tax consultants. Alternatively, you should strike out in the private sector and make your name in your field. Governments might head hunt you when you've made your name. Governments sometimes go through phases where they feel they need private sector people to shake up their departments. Of course, you need to develop the ability to be culturally flexible and adaptable to various cultures. But I think its a skill worth cultivating.