I can not speak for others, I can only speak for myself.
A lot of people have improved their lives after going public, have their jobs, their salary at the end of the month, their more or less guaranteed retirement, a stable and predictable life. I know there are a lot of people that match that profile, but I certainly do not. People are like that, different.
I remember that in the years 2000-2010 mainly, this first decade, after Lula won the presidency and began to promote millions of public tenders with salaries much larger than they were and much larger than in the private sector, many people were delighted, the best College students, most people wanted to be a civil servant, the country’s economy booming thanks to a wave of global prosperity, rising commodities (iron, manganese, petroleum), China pulling the whole world with its amazing growth And the bags went up without stopping, all this had a good conjuncture, and the public contests were bombing, many courses opened just to teach, books being sold on the benches, and the people only talked about it, here and there someone was in a contest And it was a party, a source of pride for the whole family.
I myself tried to pass in a contest, the PRF, there for the years 2001-2002, I was still in the auto school when I took the test, I did not prepare much, I was on vacation, I studied for 20 days for the test only, I took a Very good note, but could not pass, I was very little, 30 places behind the last more or less, I do not remember right, but it was something between 30 and 40.
Two great friends of mine passed, and they are there until today, the salary for the time was very good, about 5 thousand net real, I think that in today’s money would be almost a thousand, this for a young man of 18 years and with nothing in the Life was a lot, a lot of things, so these my friends spent, they won the money and enjoyed it a lot, they enjoyed it from the training course until about 6-7 years after that, still single, money left over for ballad, trips, beaches, women, everything …
But basically it stopped there, I gave only one example that I know, the guys are exactly the same, nowadays they have a tight life, the wages have not been properly corrected, I imagine, and after about 14 years in a job like that, 15 years to retire, what would you do? Restart something else? Do not.
What they have told me is that it is not worth it, that they will have more salary corrections up front (promises) and that other contests nowadays are paying less. Life has stagnated, and it has become a monotonous routine of working and waiting for the end of the month to receive money that will keep you alive, only. Without having to dream much, without undertaking, without prospects of improvement, without investments, won, spent. It’s more or less like the head of a standard public employee (do not tell me about exceptions, everyone knows that everything has an exception). And since I was no better than them and no smarter, I could be the same, earning there my 10,000 a month, married (perhaps not even a marriage so good financially speaking) and with one or two children.
I am not making any judgment on the part of those who have opted for it, or they may be very happy indeed, in the career I have mentioned or in any other. The human being tends to get accustomed and to justify his own life and his routine and way of living to affirm to himself that everything is well, and thus is getting more and more inside the cocoon.
Personally, maybe I was happy or unhappy, most likely unhappy because you end up having too much time to read, talk to people, and see how the world really works. When I was 17-18 years old, obviously I did not know of the PN of the world, nor of employment, competition or college, I was only worse off and this salary would be an immense fortune, which I would even give to help my family.
Now I ask myself:
Had I passed the same entrance exam I passed?
Would I have specialized, worked in different places and cities, in the public and private area?
Would I have done dozens of courses, studied English, read many, many books of everything that is subject, studied emigrate, set up a company, studied finances, had my current behavior and my view of current money? Most probably not.
As I have said a few times, you are the average person with whom you live most, and I would only live with the civil servants I would meet, I would acquire your values, beliefs and convictions, and maybe consumption habits.
Nowadays I see that maybe my NOT APPROVAL in that contest may have made ANY DIFFERENCE in my life. After that, I started to dedicate myself more, I worked in private companies, I kept thinking about how to work more and better and produce more, I researched different careers, I lived in Google asking the weirdest questions and researching everything, everything, even about how Working on a farm in England, I researched, just to improve English and earn some money to keep.
Anyway, my CURIOSITY about the thousands of possibilities that I had at that age, made me research a lot, curiosity and also need to include somewhere to study and make money. Maybe I had settled into the public contest, which is more or less the standard we see around more often.
There are people who, despite going on a public contest, continue to go ahead and start a career, be it in better competitions, or doing a master’s degree/doctorate, teaching in college, opening companies, etc … but I know that this is a minority. Does not see public office as the main provider of his life and his accounts.
If you are a civil servant and are reading this here, think about it, make a judgment of yourself, your choices, your future plans, and if that’s what you want for your life. Was it worth it at one stage of your life? Surely I think so, but forever, until you retire? Do you really think it will be worth it?
In relation to these two my friends, I would say that our last 10 years were very different, theirs were much cooler, fun, with abundant resources and great joy, while mine were not a hell either, they were more or Less normal, but with nothing much, now what impresses me and what motivated me to make this post was a conversation I had with one of them, and how I realized the hopelessness in the future, the regret of having stood still in time just spending , The fear of retirement is bad (it is probably going to get much worse), [it even went so far as to say that it would not be able to establish a family as it wished], apart from the escalation of violence and the scrapping of the police (it is also happening in other public agencies Such as health and education). In short, the government is well broken and this is taking away from the civil servants, the holiday increases will have no more (except the high caste of the legislature and judiciary) – the executive staff is really in trouble.
That way, a public contest also inlays a very large COST OF OPPORTUNITY, that of being out in the private world war, in the lawless jungle that is the real world, where you have to turn around and kill a lion a day, deal With bosses scoundrels, guilty directorships and much default and political and corporate banditry, and if it grows with that, if you create references and if you learn a lot, anyway, I think life has a much greater dynamics, the wheel spins much faster and Individual is much more stoned and sharp than if he were atrophying in a monotonous public service just to guarantee the counter check.
Particularly after this, I was relieved, for me the next 10 years will be very good, and the other 10 better still, the prospect of improvement increases with time and not the opposite, and the human being lives based also on the future that awaits him.
Apparently, not everything is flowers, a good thing today can become bad or hopeless tomorrow, or simply will not fit in you, like old clothes that do not keep up with your growth.
The public official will have a stable life, and that means that he is not going anywhere, he will stay in a place, planted a tree, if he does not save a lot, contribute, and do other things in life, it will surely rust. Stability has its downside too.
PS: In time, this was the hundredth blog post. As it passes fast and as ideas for new posts come naturally in the head. There were 100 posts from December 2015.
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