Every year, various public and private tertiary institutions churn out over 81,000 graduates to serve the nation. These graduates come from many diverse fields from art, science and technology, technical, security etc. However, after the one-year mandatory national service, many young professionals find themselves in a dilemma as to whether they have to venture into the supposedly choked public sector that works largely on patronage or enter the “unsecured private sector” where you can be laid off at any time. The last tile on the block is the encouragement from leading government officials for young professionals to start their businesses.
Today, our focus will be on the benefits of working for the government in the public sector and why that should be a preferred destination for a young professional before considering other options.
Making a Difference as a Nation Builder.
One benefit worth noting is the massive impact public sector workers can have on the economy and the numerous lives their works affect. The first benefit all young professionals aspiring to be in the public sector need to understand is the opportunity to be part of something bigger. The opportunities in the public sector for young professionals’ ranges from personal assistants to the Policy Makers to joining nationwide projects like combating malaria or massive data collection exercises like the Ghana National Household Registry and Population Census.
Equipped with the latest trends in strong education and natural youthful exuberance, young graduates are the preferred choice for new projects that demand raw passion, dedication and technological technical know-how. This will mean once you are employed in the public sector; you can help build the nation on many fronts either by directly affecting the lives of the people in your immediate community or making our roads safer in the country or improving our health care by making massive strides in vaccine production.
On average, young professionals receives a competitive salary in the public sector compared to their compatriots in the private and nonprofit sectors. A young professional’s annual salary could be between ₵21600.00 and ₵32000.00. In the public sector, salaries are paid within the month or the first week of the next month. On the other side, a young professional could be earning a lesser salary per year which could be delayed to over 5 months without salaries being paid. The catch here is, there is an assured better salary in the public sector compared to the private and nonprofit sector.
Until the emergence of the novel coronavirus pandemic, many professionals had fewer thoughts on the sensitive topic “Job Security”. However, with the limitation on movement, many jobs closed down. In the end, many workers were laid off. The greater number of jobs that closed were in the private and nonprofit sectors.
It is worth noting many public sector workers received their salaries even though they were not going to work for months. With the backing of the government, it is quite impossible to have public sector jobs closing down and workers losing their jobs. Young professionals are thus advised to make public sector jobs their priority when seeking jobs because of the stability it comes with.
There is Time for Other Things.
In the private and nonprofit sector, there is usually a cut-throat working atmosphere that demands high levels of performance with little or no room for mistakes. This may be a great way for development but it comes with its toxic disadvantages. It is worth noting that many private-sector jobs hardly experience public holidays. However, in the public sector, time is flexible where work schedules can be adjusted to suit your other responsibilities outside the professional arena. In the public sector, young professionals can enjoy their mandatory one month leave with pay every year. In the private and nonprofit sectors, it may be a different story. Whiles, you may be required to be at work for up to 6 days a week, you may never have your mandatory one-month leave. Even if you get the chance to take your leave, you may have to forfeit your salary for the said month.
Room for Professional Development/Study Leave with Pay.
One of the major benefits of working in the public sector is the opportunity to develop professionally and to apply for study leave with pay. In the public sector, there are routine workshops and pieces of training organized yearlong for professionals to sharpen their skills to help them in the building of the nation. Whilst most of these workshops are government-sponsored, most private-sector jobs may not be ready to foot the participation bills for you to attend and improve yourself. On another note, there is a lower probability of your private employers footing your tuition fees to study and come back to impact the job. There is this notion of private workers always seeking a way out of the private sector hence the unwillingness of private employers to invest professionally in their workers.
Young professionals working in the public sector are seen as assets of nation-building by the government and thus will encourage you to constantly advance professionally to be able to help in growing the economy.
Whiles you make your strides in the professional sector, you need to think about your pension plan. Whiles public sector workers have a monthly contribution paid to SSNIT
Most private sector employers fail to make the monthly contribution for their employees to secure their life after retirement.
There are many other benefits to be discussed but these few should help you as a young professional to make up your mind to start your professional career in the public sector.