Which sector would you like to work for your working life?
In terms of making a difference I would say private i.e. teaching, doctors, ambulance crew etc..
However, in reality many public sector jobs are very underpaid and a lot of interference from government e.g. teaching or lack of funding (Nursing)
What job do you have/want in the future?
Very much depends on what stuff we're made of but the public sector holds some advantages. Not only you get away with sickies much better (statistically proven), if you manage to swim the way up to the higher echelons you can even get away with a lot of failure that the private sector would have your head for.
Private sector only.
I do mainly office admin and personal assistant jobs.
Public sector better for the extra perks terms and conditions etc and to feel like you're not just lining someone's pockets, the work has real meaning.
I have now worked in both. Both have pros and cons. The private sector is a bit of a wild west. You can certainly earn more, but you are likely to work more hours and have less holidays. Plus benefits like pensions are generally a bit on the mean side. That said, there is more opporunity within various fields and the opportunity to negociate better pay. On the flip side, jobs are often less secure.
Pay is less in the private sector, certainly in the main areas like health and education compared to private, but you get better holidays and a massively better pension which is actually adds a signigicant pay increase when you factor it in. For example, teachers are supposidly hard done by but only work 3/4 of a year so can't grumble too much. Public sectors are often protected by the double edged sword that is the union. Good in a way but often prevents individuals negociating their own lot. That said, so much of the private sector has been privatised that the old perks have gone.
Public sector could be safer and better pension ( less layoffs risk)
Have worked in both (as well as both national and local public sector), prefer public. Greater sense of job satisfaction for me.
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(Original post by nexttime)
Pretty sure people keep mistyping private/public
in the public sector. What magical country is this you refer to?!
The magical country where I got 6 months full pay maternity leave, for a start, along with paid days of special leave when I was doing my masters
Sorry that was a reply to the "Perks?!" question
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