Path to Get a 'Good' Government Job?
Sometimes we hear about those 'government jobs' that are cushy, easy, pay decent, and don't require that much skill.
What are those jobs exactly? And what type of education does one need to get them?
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what is the path to canadian banking?motomondo wrote: ↑ Why not look into Canadian banking?
Plenty of relatively cushy, easy, and low paying jobs. But there is a lot more "intellectual stimulation" than in the government.
Eventually, people can go from low paying jobs to more challenging positions, and make some decent money.
Working for the government is not for everyone!
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It can be anything. It can be retail banking, or technology, or corporate. Young people can start at an entry level job, and make a career out of it.
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That ought to be one of the biggest myths about government jobs that's out there - cushy (like doing little work), easy (not mentally challenging or manual labour), decent pay (like over $35,000) and requires little skill. Funny, how everyone talks about these "government jobs" but no one knows anyone who works in one.
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CEO of CIBC's first job was a teller.motomondo wrote: ↑ It can be anything. It can be retail banking, or technology, or corporate. Young people can start at an entry level job, and make a career out of it.
I know a man who started as a bank teller, and today is a SVP in technology. His success story is not typical, but it is a reminder that you can make a successful career here.
Honestly, I prefer the banks over the government (I work in banks, but in the past, I tried working for an agency of the provincial government).
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I would have to disagree with the comment. Certainly while all these qualifications can help get a government job, they certainly won't give you "your pick at whatever government job you want". Even with those getting a government job is not easy and having those will not give you that much of an edge over others. There are certainly some jobs where you need to speak french or bilingual but the majority of government positions are English essential (although as you move up into management and senior management roles, being bilingual becomes a requirement).FrugalConsumer wrote: ↑
If you can get all of the above, you pretty much have the your pick at whatever government job you want.
- University degree, engineering preferred
- Canadian Forces experience (anything really to get veteran status). Would probably be best to be a technician or something doing some maintenance.
- French speaking
- Canadian citizen
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It's a bit weird. The ability to move is one of the benefits of gov jobs. Once you are a permanent employee, it's quite easy to move laterally and there are tons of internal opportunities. There are also a lot opportunities to move up but from my experience, it's not like with private sector companies where your boss will give you a promotion for a job well done. It's very common to get "acting" opportunities (temporary promotion - typically 4 months but sometimes 1 year or more but to get a permanent promotion is rarely direct. I believe it's probably because of past abuse and to make sure the process is transparent but you pretty much have to apply to open jobs in order to move up and then there's a formal or semi-formal process. The other thing that's different than private sector is that pretty much all gov jobs have a set pay scale and you can't be outside the payscale and payscales have steps - each year you go up one step and get a specific raise. Once you hit the top of the scale, your salary will not go up any more except for the usual "cost-of-living" increase (often about 1% or less per year). (i.e. if you stay in the same job category / level for 20 years, you'll get regular annual raises about about 5% but once you hit the top of the scale, your salary will never go higher (except for the cost of living increase). Everyone at the same level gets the same raise and for non-exec staff, there are no bonuses (i.e. two employees in the same category / level will get the same raise even if one is a great employee and the other one a terrible employee).