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Non civil servant offer for one year contract
posted on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 08:44

Hi, I am working in a public organisation ( 3 years contract-permanent post). 
I got an offer from Leisure and Culture Dept, HKSARG for 1 year non civil servant  ( renew or not subject to the need of the dept). The salary is HK$6000 more than the present one. Wonder should I accept it.

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Rebecca Cheung - Career Doctor  
Posted Friday, 15 June 2012 02:32 PM


Without having further background information, it seems the key incentive in considering the offer is the additional HK$6,000 each month for a year. Understandably the extra income is very tempting, considering that the published statistics on median monthly household income in HK is $18,000.

So, let’s consider your possible gains from the additional income: does it allow you to pay for further education or training that will give you the qualification for an even better job? Does it make up for a lump sum down payment on a property or enables you to live independently, etc.

If the offer cannot meet the above or similar short term objectives, is it worth the risk to forgo your current longer term contract for an even shorter one? Ask yourself one question: Are you enjoying your current work? If the answer is yes and the feelings are mutual, it seems advantageous to stay because you have a greater chance of getting your contract extended for another 3 years.

If, however, you find your current job unbearable or no chance of a renewal, and you do not want to wait, then take advantage of the offer! However be prepared for the following: unknown job prospect after one short year in a volatile economy; and a less stable job history if you end up leaving again.

As we see rounds of lay off by companies big and small, more than ever, it is important to manage our career with deliberate thoughts. Avoid changing or accepting jobs for mere immediate gratification of financial gain, without considering the job suitability, career prospect in terms of skills and knowledge development, and possible future repercussions of your decision. I hope I have helped to facilitate your thinking process and on a broader perspective to shed light on your dilemma.

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Posted Thursday, 11 August 2011 12:21 PM

It all depends on whether you have any goal or financial needs. Most people would go for the salary. You may also look at the career advancement in your present job to see if there is any further growth that you may strive for. Try to see which job you like more. After all, job satisfaction is important too.

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