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Subject: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
Freddie
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Date Posted: Sat, Sep 27 2008, 03:16:22am

It’s not easy to get a job in PNG
This is the second year of my working life after graduation.
I am attached to a company in the private sector.
When I applied for that job, I had no idea about what I was supposed to do, but my strong academic results and a “golden” chance of a face to face interview with the company’s boss earned me the job purely on merit.
It had been a tough ride and I considered myself lucky.
I come from one of the remote districts in Southern Highlands.
I attained a bachelor of arts degree in public policy and management from the school of business administration at UPNG as a well trained public policy expert and project manager (in theory).
I anticipated that once I graduated from UPNG with a good result, it would enable me to find employment easily in one of the many government agencies, departments or donor agencies that operate in the country.
But that never materialised. Why?
Because the people who had the power to make decisions to recruit “qualified professionals” for their organisations, wanted “something under the table”.
If it was not that, then you needed to know someone in the department or agency who could pull the string.
However, frustration led me to try bribery once and I later found out that someone else paid more than me and got the job.
Apparently, the person was less educated and did not have the qualifications I had.
It was the lowest point of my life when I found out why I did not get the job.
I believed that many people had similar experiences.
From my experience as an intellectual and a victim of greed and headless act by people in power and authority, I came to these conclusions:
1. Never trust Papua New Guineans who have the power to hire or who are in the human resources department (mostly in public sector and some in private sector). They are unfit, corrupt, biased and are unprofessional;
2. No matter what, PNG would never have an effective and efficient “modern” public service machinery to implement crucial public policies for the good of the people because unqualified and stagnant bureaucrats with little or no technical capacity would always be a hindrance to public policy development and service delivery; and
3. Papua New Guineans know and accept the fact that this dishonourable culture has had its roots strongly grounded and had become a way of life.
This led me to ask where is PNG heading.

Jay Kores
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[> Subject: Re: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
karma
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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 29 2008, 11:40:29am

The dishonesty starts at the top with the politicians stealing money from government funds and this dishonesty filters through the system right down to the mail man delivery the mail.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 29 2008, 02:34:13pm

*Jay Kores should assist in fighting to reduce this identified problem.

*Karma has identified one place where changes to fight this problem start. However, I would would say it all starts from ourselves; each of the 6 million people in the country.

*The major task is what is the appropriate change that is needed to be formed to be adopted?

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[> Subject: Re: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
richard
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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 29 2008, 05:50:29pm

Change in attitude, being open minded and talking communially and participating with integrity and selfrespect are some of the fundamental basics we need to get fixed.

DO ONE REALLY NEED A "SYSTEM CHANGE" TO CHANGE A PERSON'S ATTITUDE?

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[> Subject: Re: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
Sambe
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Date Posted: Sun, Oct 05 2008, 11:42:03pm

I am seeing first hand the difficulties graduates are having in securing employment after they graduate. I have tried several times to convince some of my friends who are in responsible positions to hire a few of my relatives. In few of those occasions it did work. The person I had represented did get employed in the organisation my friends worked in. I am sorry this is certainly the case during this time and age. In PNG we are racing against each other to get what is best for oursleves. Those who can't adapt to this life will find them selves begging on the streets.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Tue, Oct 07 2008, 11:47:39pm

I would make my relatives earn things. This would be one simple step forward.

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[> Subject: Re: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
Sambe
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Date Posted: Fri, Oct 10 2008, 12:02:55am

Larsen,

It's easily said then done, if I had the capacity to creat employment for all I would do that, unfortunately I am one of those shit kickers lower down the food chain in a multinational corporation. I'd rather have my relatives working and earning their living then for them to live off me when my little pay packet is not enough to look after the entire tribe.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Fri, Oct 10 2008, 12:25:07am

I intended to mention a simple step which would, as in my right conscience, contribute to addressing this chronic problem with less adverse effects.[Making a brother clean your backyard of rubbish to pay his community school fees and getting your relatives working in a cleaning contract to get some pocket money on fortnights.]

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Author:
Sambe
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Date Posted: Fri, Oct 10 2008, 10:42:07am

Teach your wantoks how to fish and they will never come back to you, keep giving them 2 kina for cleaning your backyard and they will make your backyard their fortress.

The original post was talking about graduates looking for employment in PNG, not about community school kids looking for school fees or youth groups raising funds through a cleaning contract.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Sat, Oct 11 2008, 09:36:18pm

After my degree programme, for 3 months I was employed as a cleaner and I enjoyed the job but after awhile I met alot of tax drivers in Singapore with Masters Degree.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Sat, Oct 11 2008, 09:39:12pm

Pardon me, not 'tax drivers' but instead it should be 'taxi drivers' in the thread above.

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Author:
Sambe,
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Date Posted: Mon, Oct 13 2008, 08:37:22pm

I don't know the circumstances which lead you to be a cleaner and in which country you were a cleaner but if you were providing janitorial services in Singapore per you comparison with Taxi drivers in Singapore, I suppose the cleaner's job would have been sufficient cater for you basic needs.

Back home in PNG, securing a good paying job is hard for uni graduates. Some very good students haven't even secured employment yet while unqualified people make their way into positions whose minimum qualification requirement is a degree. There is no difference between an accounting degree from UPNG/Unitech/DWU to a certificate in book keeping from ITC. Everyone is being classified as graduate accountants. This is why I am saying there is lots of nepotism and corrupt deals going on in the recruitment processes in organisations in PNG. It's all a system game now, it will require major culture changes and I am not sure if this generation in PNG will ever see any changes at all.

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Author:
larsen
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Date Posted: Tue, Oct 14 2008, 08:49:40am

I was a cleaner with DPM in Port Moresby for some six months. In regard to your latter note, I assume that you have not yet read in full the message behind making people earn their living competitively.

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[> Subject: Hard to get jobs in PNG, Very true, it's not your "save but husait yu save long"


Author:
Kanopate (Merry Christmas to All)
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Date Posted: Sun, Dec 14 2008, 12:58:16am

It is indeed sad to see the educated elites of this country become beggars(literally) and never get employed.

But the basis for this is the governance and standard it sets. Is the government doing enough to ensure the educated get jobs( That's its job)? A BIG NO! When you read about politicians getting greedy it sets the precedence in the public and private sector. It's a game of survival now (bribery, nepotism, wantok system, you name it) and money speaks louder.

The government has to create the opportunities for more investment through sound economic management. Once we have that in place then change will truly happen.

Not long ago, a record ten billion kina budget was handed down. How much of this money will actually go towards creating new opportunities for the educated to get jobs? Mi lukluk stap!

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[> Subject: Re: A Good Article of Thought - Hard to get jobs in PNG


Author:
Peles-Economist
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Date Posted: Mon, Dec 29 2008, 02:26:41pm

Surely unemployment is a chronic disease in the country. While not siding with any side, i would like to offer a few insight into this problem, and how we can address the issue.

Some facts:

1. Government employs a steady stream of workers. Unless another government comes in and create another department, employment by the government departments seem to be stagnant. New graduates will always find it hard to enter the public sector because, there is not enough work. The jobs are already occupied.

This leaves us with the other major employer in any country, which is the private sector. In any country, private sector is seen to be the engine room for development and employment creation. When the private sector in any economy is thriving, unemployment level goes down.

What needs to be done in PNG is to provide a conducive environment for the private sector to flourish. Investment wise, PNG is seen as one of the high risk investment areas, therefore, capital intensive business such as the mineral sector would tend to dominate the private sector business activities.

On the other hand we complain about the high unemployment levels in the country and not enough jobs to go by, while on the other hand we tend to create that unstable climate for business to prosper in our country, with all the criminal activities, compensation claims, etc. In a recent tele-conference, between several countries hosted by the world bank office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea improved a bit on business confidence index, but, still ranked below such coutries as Colombia etc. Such perceptions can only change when Papua New Guineans become savers and invest in their own country to create more employment.

However the trend is that, most well of people in PNG tend to look offshore for investment. When there is low domestic capacity to save, investment in the private sector is minimal, resulting in low business activity and low employment. Its like a viscious cycle.

This chronic problem can only be eliminated when local businesses are encouraged to expand and new PNG businesses open up. Currently, the tedency to invest is low as a result of low savings capacity. Universtiy graduates will surely miss out on employment, when the rate of graduates coming out of the tertiary colleges are more than the rate of jobs created each year.

few thoughts

peles-economist

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