Which is better a government job or a software job? Why?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Kamron Pratt



Which is better a government job or a software job? Why?

My answers are a bit different. I have seen a software engineer resign and join a government job and I have also seen a government job holder (department free of corruption) resign and join the software job.

For the government, it depends on which department the government department is working in.

In the case of software, it depends on the software technology and company (such as Google and Microsoft) you work for and your strength and passion for your work.

I have both government and software experience.

I myself am a software engineer and my family member works in the government.

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My answers are a bit different. I have seen a software engineer resign and join a government job and I have also seen a government job holder (department free of corruption) resign and join the software job.

For the government, it depends on which department the government department is working in.

In the case of software, it depends on the software technology and company (such as Google and Microsoft) you work for and your strength and passion for your work.

I have both government and software experience.

I myself am a software engineer and my family member works in the government.

Let me first talk about the work of the government.

Pros

  1. Government employees do not need to be punctual to the office every day. Sometimes it is not necessary for them to go to the office, if it is urgent personal work.
  2. You have job security, sometimes more black money depending on the department.
  3. More personal life, no stress, feel settled in life.
  4. But the police department is different, because the crime branch has more work to do, compared to the traffic police.

Cons

  1. Honesty is not appreciated, if you are really honest. Even family members do not like you and also friends, relatives and relatives think that the honest person is not smart enough to earn black money.
  2. The job promotion aspects of the government are not entirely based on track record or good performance, except for government civil servants such as IAS, IPS, etc.
  3. Lots of politics and leadership in office, which needs to be managed, rather than working for the people.

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Pros

  1. This profession brings you more job satisfaction, because your honesty and performance are more likely to be appreciated with better pay raises and quick promotions.
  2. Opportunities on the site like USA, Europe and you can earn white money more quickly and the opportunity to visit rich countries.
  3. No bosses as you can put your leg on top of another leg while sitting in front of your boss and call your boss directly by name without calling "Sir". One of my friends in software, quit the software job and joined the government job, but forgot to call his boss "Sir" and was transferred to another departmental area for this reason.
  4. If you like your job and work with passion, then no one can prevent you from making a lot of money in your entire career.
  5. If you don't like your boss's attitude and job pressure, you can easily quit and switch to another good company right away.

Cons

  1. Job security does not exist in a specific company, but if you are strong, then job security is there throughout the software field, as many companies have openings.
  2. You always need to update and show performance day by day.
  3. Not always, but sometimes the software engineer panics because he cannot balance work pressure and personal life, but it depends on the work culture of the company. Ex. Korean companies versus European companies.
  4. It always seems that the horse that runs fast will receive applause and will not feel settled in life.
  5. You need to be at the office on time every day, even if you work hard late into the night.
  6. Long hours of work.

A true story

Yesterday an old friend pinged me on Linkedin. He has been working in the government sector and I am in the software industry.

"Hey, is your job safe?" asked a friend.

"Yes, what would happen to him?" - I replied

"No, I mean, every day I come across news like IT layoffs and recessions, so I just thought I'd ask him." - answered friend

"Yes, the economy has been affected by COVID that is why companies are cutting jobs, salaries, etc." - I replied

"Even I thought there would be a big impact on the government sector, but not much happened." - answered friend.

"You are lucky. In private you

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A true story

Yesterday an old friend pinged me on Linkedin. He has been working in the government sector and I am in the software industry.

"Hey, is your job safe?" asked a friend.

"Yes, what would happen to him?" - I replied

"No, I mean, every day I come across news like IT layoffs and recessions, so I just thought I'd ask him." - answered friend

"Yes, the economy has been affected by COVID that is why companies are cutting jobs, salaries, etc." - I replied

"Even I thought there would be a big impact on the government sector, but not much happened." - answered friend.

"You are lucky. In the private sector, things have become a bit challenging, but sooner or later it will recover." - I replied.

“That is why the government sector is the best. You have job security. I told you to prepare for government jobs, but you denied it. "- the friend reminded me.

"Brother, safety at work is important, but not necessary" - I replied

Hey, it's necessary. How are you going to survive? How are you going to buy the basics? Being without a job? "- answered friend

“Brother, I think you should ask yourself, how are you going to earn respect in society if you are unemployed? Because even work survives every day, without having job security, but society does not respect it. "- I asked

"Agreed! But the question is what will you do, once you suddenly lose your job?" - Friend asked.

"I will find a new job." - I said.

"Brother, do you think getting a job is easy nowadays?" asked a friend.

“No, it is not and it can never be easy. Despite knowing this harsh reality, people spend years and years to pass the entrance and government exams. "- I answered

"Do you think preparing for such exams is wrong?" asked a friend.

“Preparing for such exams is fine. I mean that everyone wants to do good in life and this could be a good way, but it is not the only way.

You can be passionate about something, but you must be practical in life. You can't play the game blind. "- I said.

"Play?" - asked friend

"Yes. Have you ever played Tic Tac Toe?" - I asked.

“Many times, but most of the time, the game draws. Hey, how did this get to the picture? "- said a friend

"I'll tell you.

In Tic Tac Toe, you must make decisions to play. Initially, when you start the game, you start with the idea of ​​"winning the game", but as the game continues, the idea of ​​"winning the game" can change to saving you from "losing the game" depending on your choices.

So you play carefully, because in case you don't win, you shouldn't lose it too. "- I replied

"Understood, but how does this relate to our conversation?" asked Friend.

“Look, the government sector and the private sector are like options in a game called life. Choose anyone, it doesn't matter. what matters most is the moment you realize that you are going to lose this game. And now you have to do something to avoid losing things. Things like time and money.

So you can be in the government sector or in the private sector or maybe an applicant / student, if you think that the current choice, that you have made, is not working, don't just sit down, you must act. "- I replied

“So you're saying, if you're in a government job, and if it's not working for you, just quit? "Asked Friend.

“I didn't say to quit. I said you have to act. In tic tac toe, we do not leave the game, as soon as we realize that we are not going to win. you start to play safe, which is an act.

So, you need to find out what you can do now. It could be a change of job, studies or anything. It is also possible that you will not find any options, because it is too late to draw the game. "- I replied.

“Hmm… got it. But do you think the private sector is better than the government sector? "- Friend asked.

"It is not the sector that is better or worse, it is the decision, Brother" - I replied.

(The conversation ended)

Conclusion (for those who are still confused)

Both sectors have their pros and cons. You will find some fascinating things in private jobs and some in government jobs. Both options are good. It is up to you which sector seems to be the most fascinating.

Also, you will find a lot of people saying good and bad things about government jobs and the same for the private sector (especially the IT sector). But, these are all experiences and vary from person to person, so you can't blindly trust anyone's suggestion.

So if you have any of the options, go for it. If you have both options, make a decision.

If it works, that's fine. If not, try looking for other ways. because the sector is not the best or the worst, it is the decision and, in the end, we are playing to win or to draw but not to lose.

Health,

Vimal

Little background:

I am a software engineer with more than 7 years of experience and my father is a central government. employee, posted in Delhi. Also, at the beginning of my career, I worked at NIC and DRDO, Delhi on IT contract projects. As a programmer, I spent at least 3 years in various Govt. offices in Delhi. I list some of the pros and cons based solely on my personal experience.

Govt Job Advantages:

  • The main reason why all Indians (especially people from UP, Bihar) are more willing to join the government sector is job security. The general perception is that if you are in the government sector, no one can
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Little background:

I am a software engineer with more than 7 years of experience and my father is a central government. employee, posted in Delhi. Also, at the beginning of my career, I worked at NIC and DRDO, Delhi on IT contract projects. As a programmer, I spent at least 3 years in various Govt. offices in Delhi. I list some of the pros and cons based solely on my personal experience.

Govt Job Advantages:

  • The main reason why all Indians (especially people from UP, Bihar) are more willing to join the government sector is job security. The general perception is that if you are in the government sector, no one can take your job. When everyone is going through a difficult time due to covid19, job security is even more important.
  • In the northern part of India, if someone has a grade 4 job in government, then they have more social respect than that of a project manager in a leading IT company.
  • If you are selected for the government position, then the government will take care of everything, such as your medical expenses, travel expenses, telephone expenses, etc.
  • You don't have to worry about your retirement. The government will at least provide you with minimal money to survive.
  • You will get a beautiful bride from a wealthy family.
  • Much dowry.

Cons of government work:

  • Casteism is widely prevalent. You will often hear such words as Top Cast, Bottom Cast, SC, ST, OBC, Panjabi, Muslim, General Category, Reserved Category, South India, Madrasi, Bangali, Jaat. You won't even realize it when you start to judge everyone on the basis of their religion or region of cast. People discriminate not only against Class 4 officers, but also officers who have qualifications like Masters, Ph.D. Dammit.
  • Promotion is not based on merit. Someone in some reserved category will get a promotion in 3 years, but you will be promoted in 5 years. This makes them feel really sad.
  • You can't change your boss. People are stuck with bad bosses for decades. They can't do anything because the boss has the power to stop promotions and other benefits.
  • The payment is not up to market standards either. It doesn't really matter if you have an engineering degree from a prestigious institution like IIT or a correspondence degree from IGNOU. If you have passed the same graduate level exam, your salary will most likely be the same.
  • Most of the employees who have spent 10 years in government jobs are very bored, lazy, overweight, and have no sense of fashion.

Advantages of IT / software work:

  • Most of the time, the only thing that matters is your performance. If it is performing well, you don't have to worry about a thing.
  • If you don't like your boss, colleagues, salary, job, company, location, etc., then you have the option to change jobs. This is the main reason many IT employees keep changing jobs.
  • In IT / Software you have the option of working from home. All you need is your laptop and a good Wi-Fi connection. As long as you can turn in your assignments on time, no one will bother you too much.
  • The best thing about the IT industry is that you keep learning all the time. Even if you don't like studying, you will have to spend time and money to acquire new skills, certifications.
  • Trips abroad.
  • When you change jobs, you will most likely get a 30-40% pay raise.
  • The fashion sense is still there.

Cons of IT / software work:

  • Even if you performed well on your previous projects, but if the company has no new projects in the pipeline, they will most likely put you in the bank for a few months. And if they don't get the project, they will ask you to leave with 3 months of salary.
  • You will have to work very hard or at least above average. You can't take your job for granted. You will have to constantly prove your worth in front of your elders. Even newbies who join teams have so much exposure these days (thanks to quora and other platforms), you'll have to compete with them too. So overall, keep learning.
  • Presentation in code. You must be a good communicator, especially in English. If you can't display your work properly, it doesn't matter how much sweat you put on the work. Everything is useless.
  • You won't get much respect in Indian society (especially UP, Bihar).
  • Because it is a seated job, you may face health problems like neck pain, back pain, etc.

I answer based on my experience. There is nothing that can be absolutely black and white. Everything is gray and you must make a decision based on your capabilities and preferences:

Software jobs:

  1. It's a well-paying white-collar office job.
  2. You have a very good chance of going abroad and if you want to settle outside of India, this is the best way to go.
  3. It depends on the type of project you are in, but most of the time it is a high pressure job.
  4. The expectations are that, first of all, you must be able to have a logical understanding of coding and you must always be open to learning new t
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I answer based on my experience. There is nothing that can be absolutely black and white. Everything is gray and you must make a decision based on your capabilities and preferences:

Software jobs:

  1. It's a well-paying white-collar office job.
  2. You have a very good chance of going abroad and if you want to settle outside of India, this is the best way to go.
  3. It depends on the type of project you are in, but most of the time it is a high pressure job.
  4. The expectations are that, first of all, you must be able to have a logical understanding of coding and you must always be open to learning new technologies. This area is changing rapidly.
  5. Their expertise may not add much value to businesses, as new technology replaces old technology very quickly.
  6. In India, it is difficult to be a technician throughout your career and expectations are that you will move into a managerial position over time.
  7. If you are good in an area like sales, etc., you can be assigned high-level positions; otherwise you'll hit the glass ceiling somewhere in your forties.
  8. Survival after 45 is difficult in this area, as PMs have generic skills, so no company wants to pay a lot for generic skills. If you've moved into sales or consulting, you can survive.
  9. Staying in the technical area is also problematic as over time, its cost is high. Service companies don't have bandwidth for a 20-year-old coder, as the solution is built on the basis of some developer experience.
  10. So if you can plan your alternative career after 45, move to another developed country, and settle there, Software work is not bad. Planning ahead is mandatory for planning your retirement, if you are going to work in software.

Government work:

  1. Job security is there until retirement.
  2. Work pressure is not equivalent to a private job.
  3. If the job is of higher level, the benefits are very good as servants, driver, house, etc.
  4. Family life and quality of life are comparatively better.
  5. Promotion is time-limited, so if you're good and put a lot of effort into your work, it doesn't offer many benefits.
  6. Salaries are not as attractive as in the private sector.
  7. Leaving the country is not a possibility.

These are some of the points that I understand. The exceptions are always there in all scenarios, but I mean them in general. I hope this helps.

My answer to a similar question was removed by quora moderation. I can't seem to understand why. I am pasting the same answer here, without any changes. If you can find a reason, tell me.

A. Let's say you start very young, between 21 and 24 years old:

  1. Even if you start with lower pay scales, it will still approach 40K. A 3% increase in base salary, DA raises twice a year, and a salary review every 10 years.
  2. By the time you hit 30, that will become more than 80,000 a month. In the meantime, you will enjoy life, which is meant for that exact purpose. You will enjoy the same life you had in college,
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My answer to a similar question was removed by quora moderation. I can't seem to understand why. I am pasting the same answer here, without any changes. If you can find a reason, tell me.

A. Let's say you start very young, between 21 and 24 years old:

  1. Even if you start with lower pay scales, it will still approach 40K. A 3% increase in base salary, DA raises twice a year, and a salary review every 10 years.
  2. By the time you hit 30, that will become more than 80,000 a month. In the meantime, you will enjoy life, which is meant for that exact purpose. You will enjoy the same life that you had in college, in school.
  3. The government pays for your medical expenses, including your children's education, and of course job security is a given.
  4. You will do a service to your country, earn money, and enjoy your time in the process.
  5. You are not going to make up these years. Are you sure you want to change it to enrich the multinationals? No amount of money returns the time spent.

B. Let's say you are a little late to the party, between 26 and 30:

  1. Most of you will want to start a family now. And that will bring responsibilities. I think you can do the math here.
  2. The government needs young blood to create an environment comparable to that of the private sector. Looking at the current scenario, the government pushes the Public-Private Partnership, most likely this is the last generation to experience government jobs in the way we know today. I believe that you can be the bridge between the two worlds and witness how it is built first hand.
  3. It's easier to get loans on government jobs, you can build your dream home, buy the car you liked in your college days, and you won't have to worry about missing payments. Personally, I am not a fan of loans. But hey, it's your life.

C. Some important facts and tips:

  • Not all government jobs are the same. Some have views like these:
  • And offices like this: this is my office by the way;)
  • Do not include yourself in the rat race of SSC, IBPS and RRB. Look carefully on the Internet for jobs that have a unique value. Strive for them. You will earn a little less money but a lot of happiness.
  • Not many public servants look for a higher paying job once they are selected. Use this to your advantage, instill a habit to slowly improve your skills, and visualize yourself bagging a multitude of jobs in no time.

Disclaimer for internet trolls: these are purely my ideas and in no way am I against any other type of work. Please behave yourself in the comment section!

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Thank you for your time and I will be happy to answer any questions.

PS: The answer may seem partial as I have only talked about government jobs because it was an answer to a similar question.

Edit1: my original answer has been restored after appeal.

I think most of the people here compared these two sectors wonderfully and would not repeat the same things. As I usually do, I will take an analogy with cricket and try to explain the situation.

I consider a government employee to be a test player and a T20 single player software job. Confused?

Let me clarify.

Chance

It is much easier to dedicate yourself to a software job like the T20. While government jobs have minor positions and you may have to wait a long time for opportunities.

Salary

There is no comparison here. Obviously, T20 players have a higher salary than test players. But they also have a greater chance of

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I think most of the people here compared these two sectors wonderfully and would not repeat the same things. As I usually do, I will take an analogy with cricket and try to explain the situation.

I consider a government employee to be a test player and a T20 single player software job. Confused?

Let me clarify.

Chance

It is much easier to dedicate yourself to a software job like the T20. While government jobs have minor positions and you may have to wait a long time for opportunities.

Salary

There is no comparison here. Obviously, T20 players have a higher salary than test players. But they also have a greater chance of losing their position on the team. A test player is usually a constant addition to the team for many years.

Work pressure

In test matches, you only need to stay playing the balls. The same goes for government work. You try to do your job and usually you don't have a goal. But software like T20 is different in that you need to achieve your goals and are always under constant pressure as things can change either way.

So depending on your talent and temperament, choose the format that's right for you.

Vote if you want ... !!!

I am doing both jobs at the same time. I am a government official working in the IT / Software governance sector.

I don't know if the question wanted to be between "government and private job", but since you have asked between a government job and a software job, I would like to clear up the misconception that there are numerous government jobs you can work on. also on the technology side (IT or software).

You can get a list of some of these jobs here. Saswat Swarup's answer to What are the possible government jobs in the field of computer engineering in India?

You can enjoy the benefits of being in government.

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I am doing both jobs at the same time. I am a government official working in the IT / Software governance sector.

I don't know if the question wanted to be between "government and private job", but since you have asked between a government job and a software job, I would like to clear up the misconception that there are numerous government jobs you can work on. also on the technology side (IT or software).

You can get a list of some of these jobs here. Saswat Swarup's answer to What are the possible government jobs in the field of computer engineering in India?

You can enjoy the benefits of being in government, as well as working on the technology side of various crucial projects. This is a new generation, the era of digital India. The government has almost moved on to digital platforms and digital communications. Only a few basic things keep happening in newspapers and that too will go fully digital in a few years. Therefore, the government also needs more professionals of this type to develop and build things.

There are even numerous software programs created by government organizations. We use many government mobile applications to take advantage of the many services. Who do you think does it?

Many government research organizations need software technologies at various stages of their productions, who works on that side of technology?

Which is better a government job or a software job?

A job that provides both;)

Based on the answers I read, I see that many Quoarns are biased towards government jobs. If you ask me, if you are really talented, you are up-to-date in skills, you will not get involved in unnecessary office politics, you are fine in any sector. Well, you don't even need a job in the first place if you are really talented, you can do things like be self-employed and earn a living.

Government work is safe. There are no questions about that, but when it comes to paying, nothing can beat Software work. In terms of workload, both are more or less the same. Almost every government employee I know works more than 8 hours a day and even works on weekends. T

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Based on the answers I read, I see that many Quoarns are biased towards government jobs. If you ask me, if you are really talented, you are up-to-date in skills, you will not get involved in unnecessary office politics, you are fine in any sector. Well, you don't even need a job in the first place if you are really talented, you can do things like be self-employed and earn a living.

Government work is safe. There are no questions about that, but when it comes to paying, nothing can beat Software work. In terms of workload, both are more or less the same. Almost every government employee I know works more than 8 hours a day and even works on weekends. There are some departments, like the police department, where leave or office time does not exist at all.

In the software field, your salary is directly proportional to your talent. Recessions and layoffs do occur, but with proper planning, one can easily address them. There is no reason to worry about layoffs or recession if you have "stuff" on your mind.

The government's job is stable. Most of the work is routine work or non-creative work. Your salary won't double or you won't get promoted easily, even if you're really talented. Sometimes government organizations also go under (BSNL, Air India, etc.).

Have a nice day.

JOB: It will be a job. You will go and you will come. Nothing else. Let's say something else will happen, but that would be part of the routine.

Also, the chances of getting a job in the government are very low. The seats are more or less the same. The applicants increase every year.

Can you imagine how many students pass the 12th grade each year in India?

Some go with Top Universities and rest normally. After graduating, some of them got a job they dreamed of. But what about 80% or more of them. Either they get not so great satisfaction in a job or they remain unemployed.

Suppose 1 crore students pass the 12th grade each year. And it takes only 80

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JOB: It will be a job. You will go and you will come. Nothing else. Let's say something else will happen, but that would be part of the routine.

Also, the chances of getting a job in the government are very low. The seats are more or less the same. The applicants increase every year.

Can you imagine how many students pass the 12th grade each year in India?

Some go with Top Universities and rest normally. After graduating, some of them got a job they dreamed of. But what about 80% or more of them. Either they get not so great satisfaction in a job or they remain unemployed.

Just assume that 1 crore students pass 12th every year. And take just 80% of them either not satisfied or remain unemployed, that would be 80 lakhs every year. What do they do? How do they live? No any support or care to them. Who will show them a direction? In which things they should be used.

Our education system does not ever able to make their students think of themselves.

I distracted from the question. But really, a software job or a govt job is not a measurement of success in life. Job is a job and it will be a job. You work, get paid and retire. That's also great.

Because everyone is not reaching there. Both the jobs are great. You should love your job because it's your dream job.

Please consider over my question.. what happens with 80 lakhs of youth per year?

That's all! Thanks …

✍️ Rishabh Kumar

It all depends on the person concerned. The Indians have a bias towards the government. jobs and the job security that comes with it (including myself). Salary does not matter job security.

Does that mean that private organizations don't exist? They do it because there are people who like to move up faster based on their skills than staying 4-8 years in the same designation.

My best friend works at an MNC. As he appeared on government job exams, he was already employed. By this year, he had changed 2 companies, while I will probably remain in my current job in government my entire life. And he loves his job, his job and

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It all depends on the person concerned. The Indians have a bias towards the government. jobs and the job security that comes with it (including myself). Salary does not matter job security.

Does that mean that private organizations don't exist? They do it because there are people who like to move up faster based on their skills than staying 4-8 years in the same designation.

My best friend works in an mnc. While i was appearing in govt job exams he was already employed. By this year he had changed 2 companies while i will probably stay in my current govt job my whole life. And he loves his job his work and knows he will fare well in future. He earns lot more than me and i am happy for him.

And those who think govt job earns you respect can’t be more wrong. You mean to say you have never been reprimanded in office , never been insulted by your superior? Respect is there when you own a buisness not when you are in a job.

Job security is a chain for us whilst it is not a concern for people like my best frnd. If you are comfy in Govt job fine, if you are happy in pvt. sector dats fine too.

The govt job aura is fading slowly in millenials and dat is a good thing.

Marriage, car, work are life-changing decisions. You must think slowly and also tied with your personal interests.

If you are interested in some problem solving skills, you will enjoy working with software.

If you love interacting with people of different personalities, I would vote for a software job.

If you love helping people, look for a government job.

these interests are also helpful on some levels.

Ex: the software engineer can code until it becomes TL if he is working in a service-based company and could have that luxury in product-based products or startups. But if you are interested in coding and always excel

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Marriage, car, work are life-changing decisions. You must think slowly and also tied with your personal interests.

If you are interested in some problem solving skills, you will enjoy working with software.

If you love interacting with people of different personalities, I would vote for a software job.

If you love helping people, look for a government job.

these interests are also helpful on some levels.

ex: software engineer can code till he becomes TL if he is working in service based company and he might have that luxury in product based or startups . But if you are interested in coding and always excelled in the work and technologies, it does not matter . You could switch different companies. There is flexibility in this job .

this flexibility may not exists in government jobs I guess .

Again at the end it all what you interested, else it would be boring at work and end up becoming mediocre at job .

good luck

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