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How to know if it’s time to stop looking for work and start opposing

A year ago, Víctor Moratinos, 38, received an email from the InfoJobs employment portal informing him that he had not been hired for an offer he had signed up for in 2016. In a tweet he commented that at first he was he had laughed, but then he had remembered how badly he had had that time looking for work. He read that strange mail in a very different situation: from his official position. “When I got that notification from InfoJobs I said to myself, ‘My goodness, this seems from a previous life,’” he recalls now on the phone. At that time he had just finished a master’s degree in finance, hoping to find a better job and more easily, but he discovered that this was not the case. “If you’re over 30, you don’t even pass the first filter,” he says. In the end he did get a job, but a very precarious one. As he had already planned to leave it, he made the decision to oppose. He returned to his parents’ house, locked himself up to study, and two years later he managed to get them out. “The truth is that now I am very happy,” he says. Like him, many people whose first option was never to oppose the opposition end up doing so after a long time unemployed or chaining precarious contract after precarious contract. As an audit and accounting technician, Moratinos earns more or less the same as if he had continued in the private sector, but “at three you go home.” In companies, with the same salary “at 10 o’clock at night you are eating a pizza in front of the computer and finishing a report for I don’t know who. The quality of life is different,” he recounts. That same quality of life is what Jorge Fernández, 41, was looking for when he began to take part in the Post Office. After working for several years in the theater sector and later, after obtaining a Superior FP in Cooking, he saw that he needed more stability. “When I started studying the public exams, I was leaving a place where I hadn’t had a very good experience,” he recalls. He had a friend who had applied for Correos and he saw that he was a good option. This year he has entered the employment exchanges for the first time and discovered that, in addition, he loves the job, although what he values ​​most are the conditions. “In the job I have in hospitality now [trabaja aún ahí los fines de semana] conditions are beginning to be quite good, but it includes weekends, staying until one o’clock at night… Everything that the hotel industry entails, even if they don’t exploit you. Time is more important than money and we have less and less. In my case, it is a change so that I can have more time for myself and organize it in a very different way, ”she assures. For Karina, who is now 45 years old, her time in the private sector was also the trigger. She had studied Hispanic Philology and competitive examinations had always been an option, but since she got a job as an editor when she finished her degree, she put aside the idea of ​​competitive examinations. “But the work environment got worse and worse and after two years I was fired. I left the private so scalded that I decided to get serious about taking the exams for the library and I no longer tried to find another job”, she says. Stability and conditions The key words that the interviewees repeat when explaining why they left the private sector are two: stability and conditions. “For me, it’s not even having a job for life that attracts me the most, but the fact of having working conditions that allow me to reconcile”, explains Jorge González. He likes cooking, but he knows that neither as an employee nor as a business owner could he have the conditions he aspires to. “Looking for a job that fulfills you is replaced by opposing”, says Ana Lisbona, director of the Center for Orientation and Employment (COIE) of the UNED. “Sometimes we have a purpose in life and it has to do with that job, and sometimes we just want a safe job, without purpose or meaning, but that allows us to have that purpose outside of it,” he explains as one of the reasons why which many people consider oppositions after having tried the private sector. That, added to the uncertainty created by the pandemic —although she clarifies that they still do not have data on the matter— and a context that does not encourage entrepreneurship makes the possibility of obtaining a position as a civil servant something very attractive for many people. There is also something generational that must be taken into account, explains Enrique José Varela, dean of the Faculty of Management and Public Management of the University of Vigo. “Millennials, who are now between 30 and 40 years old, have already seen how the promises of neo-capitalism, the culture of effort, meritocracy, and the social elevator, without being entirely true, are only part of the equation. life-work. Hence, many of them are thinking of changing jobs, even earning less salary, or even changing sectors and moving from the private to the public sector. The latter offers them stability and working conditions that the private sector has not been able to offer”, he points out. For the youngest, Generation Z, who have grown up in the context of the financial crisis and have just experienced the pandemic, this search for good conditions is already there from the beginning. “They think with individual logic and work-life balance and not the other way around,” he says. All this is in line with what the latest Opositatest report on what opponents were like in 2021: the objective of 80% of the people surveyed was job stability, which weighs more than salary. And the majority, 67%, had more than five years of work experience. Oppose or continue looking for work? Launching yourself into preparing oppositions when the work stage has already begun is not a decision that should be taken lightly. To people who are looking for work and want to apply, Isabel Fernández Solo de Zaldívar, PhD in Educational Sciences and expert in Educational Quality Management and Professional-Labor-Entrepreneurship Orientation at the International University of La Rioja (UNIR) recommends First, whenever possible, stop searching. “Looking for a job is a job in itself and preparing for oppositions too,” she says. Doing both things at the same time can be complicated, although not everyone can dedicate themselves to opposition exclusively. In addition, she remembers that it is a process in which only the person who opposes should not be involved, especially if she has family responsibilities. “If we decide to stay at home and prepare some oppositions and we have children, we will surely end up taking care of more things. Since you’re already there, then you take more care of the house, of the children, and in the end you don’t use that time that you had planned for what you had to use it for. You have to be aware that it is a matter of many hours and a long time, ”she emphasizes. Enrique José Varela, from UVigo, agrees and emphasizes that it is something that must also be taken into account when choosing what to oppose. “The time of conciliation, study and/or compatibility with a job, as well as the money that covers the expenses of training, are key to making the decision to participate in what type of opposition, position and territorial level of government-administration” he assures. It is also advisable not only to seek outside help, in the form of academies or trainers, but to know what job you are opting for and assess whether it is really what you want. In this sense, Jorge González is clear that for him one of the keys to making the decision was that he knew the route. He knew where to prepare in an affordable way —in his case, through the Workers’ Commissions— and he knew people who had already given him references. In addition, he was aware of his time limitations and knew that the first step was to enter the job boards, because experience is essential to get the job. “It is a simple opposition. It’s tedious, like all of them, but it’s not overly complicated”, he assures. Finally, Ana Lisbona, director of the UNED COIE, recalls that there are many positions that remain unfilled. “Public administrations have contacted us because they cannot find the talent they are looking for. They look for university profiles for high positions, but they do not want that opposition that takes several years of dedication and they are presenting themselves for lower positions. There are certain positions that are not filled as needed. There are oppositions in which there are a lot of candidates per position and others that remain vacant, ”she warns, for which she recommends not directly ruling out those higher positions. “The study is more difficult, but then there are more chances of entering than in oppositions with much more competition,” she concludes. All these factors must enter into the decision, ultimately, to ensure that opposing is not only the right decision, but also that it is an option. “You always have to assess the effort-performance ratio, that is, what can I invest in time and money, and what can I get (or not) at the end of the process of preparing and presenting the public job offer, a process that can take several years from the start of its call to its final resolution”, sums up Enrique José Varela. Continue reading How to look for work while you are in another (without your boss noticing)

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