A friend of mine has been an office assistant in the public sector for over 20 years.
Lately, in a bid to advance his career, he has been applying for every clerk position available.
But he keeps getting rejected. Instead, he has been encouraged to consider being a weather observer or archivist, both of which are outside of his experience and expertise.
He believes these positions are based on qualification instead of experience, which I also believe to be true, as I am a fellow public servant working a technical job despite being experienced in communications.
Experience should matter more than qualification. It is not uncommon to take a certain course in college only to discover one’s true passion later. But if the current recruitment procedure persists, a lot of us will continue to pay for the mistake of many decades ago.
I hope the authorities could look into the matter as our nation joins the rest of the world in strengthening the workforce.