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Old 08-06-2011, 06:54 PM
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Hi all,

wonder if anyone knew about the culture of ACRA?
how is working in there like?
what are the career prospects like?
remuneration package?
career advancement?
what are the essential skills required to excel in the govt sector?

I know this is very vague but i do not want to make it too explicit. just in case.

i am in the sales line and am comtemplating to move to the govt sector. however, the pay offered is only about 8% increase with no allowances, thus overall package is still lower than what i am getting now. Besides, its almost a completely different job scope.. Actually im even surprise that i was offered the position.

i do not know about other people of my age but currently in my late 30s, i felt a compelling urge to break free from this binding rat race. Letting people dictate how much you are worth, work your socks off but gain no satisfaction,only a normal pay every month. wanted to start out on your own, but always stuck at the golden question... " DO WHAT??" haha

Sorry, i started to off-track..

thanks!


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Old 09-06-2011, 02:35 AM
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Hi all,

wonder if anyone knew about the culture of ACRA?
how is working in there like?
what are the career prospects like?
remuneration package?
career advancement?
what are the essential skills required to excel in the govt sector?

I know this is very vague but i do not want to make it too explicit. just in case.

i am in the sales line and am comtemplating to move to the govt sector. however, the pay offered is only about 8% increase with no allowances, thus overall package is still lower than what i am getting now. Besides, its almost a completely different job scope.. Actually im even surprise that i was offered the position.

i do not know about other people of my age but currently in my late 30s, i felt a compelling urge to break free from this binding rat race. Letting people dictate how much you are worth, work your socks off but gain no satisfaction,only a normal pay every month. wanted to start out on your own, but always stuck at the golden question... " DO WHAT??" haha

Sorry, i started to off-track..

thanks!

wats ur qualifications and how much they offer

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:13 AM
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Depends on what you want. ACRA is not a high level ministry job but stable.
Career prospects is rather flat. ie reward seniority and those whom work longer.Salary guidelines for the future is what you get as per NWC guidelines.
Not much higher/lower and you really get paid very fairly for the size of the job.

It is a good place to be if you want to be away from rat race. ie spend time doing what you like after work, without worrying too much about food on the table, and also know that this rice bowl can take a bad shake in the markets.
I really doubt anyone will get fired even unless you are really really bad performer. Even so, they will only do it after counselling you.

To enjoy civil service, you must be able to appreciate things like going for training (in which you can really max out) and enjoy being happy doing small little admin things, being interested and exposed to many different areas, but in small ways...work longer hours when certain key govt projects are up , but otherwise go home on time and enjoy talking to colleagues and your team and building the friendship there. Mind you, working hours can be really max out.. and dont think you have easy life there drinking coffee , eating long lunches etc etc..but work is reasonable and can be completed in the working hours.


If you are very competitive, or wants a 10% jump in salary every 2 years , or like to do a lot of eye ball catching projects, to be heard, seen in work as a leader.. then maybe not civil service cos there is really a lot of scholars and ambitious people whom are trying/aiming for these positions.

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Old 09-06-2011, 12:44 PM
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Hi Lazyplane,

Thanks for your advices. Seems like you are in the civil service yourself? In fact you are pretty familiar with ACRA. Mind if i asked if you have worked there before? : P

I was told that its very long hours and don't expect to breeze your way through there. A lot of minutes taking, presentations, workloads.." it can be worse than working in the private sector" (sic)

I've asked a few friends of mine and they all replied that i'm not a 9-5 person, sitting behind a desk all day. And they said the pay is very standardised. mid year half month bonus, AWS, performance bonus 1-2.5 months in April. Increment is less than 10% every year. Is that true as per NWC guildlines?

i got a friend in HDB. She always haev to attend trainings like dragon boat sessions, sewing lessons! haha.

Now, thats training for you !!
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:17 PM
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You are offered the customer service manager / officer front line job i presumed? That is quite hectic as you will be handling public enquries all day long. Different from your previous sales job.
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:46 PM
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hmm.. ACRA, from your nick, are you someone from ACRA?

Anyway in answer to tlks, its all up to you. there is no right or wrong. can i assume that the overall package offered to u is lesser than your current? but then again, maybe u can excel in there? if so, im sure u can see a pretty big jump in your salary package.
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[QUOTE=ACRA;13081]You are offered the customer service manager / officer front line job i presumed? That is quite hectic as you will be handling public enquries all day long. Different from your previous sales job.[/
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Old 13-07-2011, 07:31 AM
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Tinking of applying cust svc mgr job.

What's the job nature like ?
Any starting salary guage?

I got a degree wif 10 yrs cust/frontline servixe exp.

Thks


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Tinking of applying cust svc mgr job.

What's the job nature like ?
Any starting salary guage?

I got a degree wif 10 yrs cust/frontline servixe exp.

Thks
Most probably MX12 upper range or if you are very lucky, MX11 lower range.
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Lookin for long term stability but its stated 2 yrs contract.
Dun want to be lookin at another job after 2 yrs. Likelyhood to convert perm ?
Anybody working there can advise ?
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