Tuesday, October 02, 2012

the grass is greener (aka going private)

my friend is a specialist in govt service & will go private next year. i suppose he will feel some trepidation because of the stiff competition he will face. on top of that, there's the premise rental, staff salaries & equipment costs to consider.

still, he is adamant he wants to leave. besides a better pay, he feels he will not get the promotion he wants in the current department. so, it's both push & pull factors.

from my viewpoint, i feel the govt specialists are getting a great deal, as least compared to my time. getting rm15k now is the norm, & more if you do some private work as well. on top of that, you get to go for upgrading courses & meetings, plus annual/conference/study/compassionate/paternal/maternity leave. for obvious reasons, the women specialists tend to remain in govt service.

sometimes, i look back & i wonder what if.....

isn't it true the grass always seemed to look greener on the other side?

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 1Tim 6:6,7


The thumb in every pie said...

Grass always seemed greener on the other side until you get there and you find that it's actually styroform in glossy green paint :)

Anyway, I think it's all about work-life balance. Running your own biz is hard work. Unfortunately, most people do not realise this until the novelty wears off and they find that while they are no longer working for their employer, they are now working for their employees!! Need to get biz to pay wages. LOL.

Small Kucing said...

Yup...but main point is happiness. if feels happier going private then its good.

doc said...


it may be hard at the beginning, but once things get going, it may even be harder to know when enough is enough!!

doc said...


i too hope he will succeed & be happy.

fibrate said...

Well doc, I know of many colleagues who were initially doubtful about that big switch to private practice, but I've yet to hear of one who didn't say I-wonder-why-I-didn't-do-it-earlier!

doc said...


money is both a mover & shaker, isn't it?