Introduction



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All kinds of jobs fall into one of two categories: the public sector or the private sector.

The private sector usually includes organizations that are privately owned and not part of the government. These include corporations, partnerships, and all kinds of small, medium and large businesses. In private sector most of the organizations aim to gain profit in exchange for goods or services.

The public sector includes organizations that are owned by the government. These are federal, provincial, state, or municipal governments, depending on where you live. The main aim of the public sector is to provide services to the citizens of the country, which are paid for indirectly from people’s taxes and donations. Usually public organizations offer services which are essential for the well-being of the citizens of a country, such as education, healthcare and law enforcement.

There are cases where both of those sectors overlap and offer the same good or service; for example healthcare or education can be both public and/or private. It is up to the individual seeking that specific service to select where he would like to go.

Task



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You and one of your friends are seeking employment. By going through all the exercises, videos and links, you will correctly distinguish the public from the private sector and understand the benefits of each sector.

There are many advantages to working in the private sector, and many benefits to choosing public service. Before you decide in which sector you wish to become employed, it's a good idea to examine the pros and cons of working in each.

The most important part is to understand the similarities and differences between the public and private sector, which will eventually can help you make sense of which is better for you.It is not always about what each sector provides; most of the times it is about what you want! Τhere is no catholic answer as to which of the two is better. 

Process

  • Which are the differences between the public and private sector? Have a look at Exercise 1 and you will find out more!
  • Working in public or private sector? Write answers to all the questions in Exercise 2. Discuss your answers - what sounds vague, unclear or could be answered in a better way?

The exercises are easy and will give you a far better understanding of how the public and private sectors work.

 

Conclusion

This is it! By now you should be able to know all the differences and benefits of both sectors. You should also be aware of what to expect from each sector and know what you are entitled of. Ιt is important to remember that what works for one person may not work for another, so consider each option carefully

Evaluation

  • Understand the differences of the private and public sector
  • Understand the pros and cons of working in each sector
  • How each sector works
  • Ability to understand which sector is better for you
  • Ability to better identify your needs and how to achieve them

Resources

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