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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Working for the people, my work anniversary!

Hello everybody!

A small celebration:
I have been working as a governmental clerk for four years now!

Back in 1960s work revolved around a eight hour workday, men supported their wives and children at home and jobs usually involved physical labor.
Those ladies who stayed at home were "homemakers". Other women did all sorts of jobs, but the most common jobs for women were probably: teacher, nurse, bookkeeper, shop assistant (sales clerk), civil servant, librarian, bank clerk, waitress, cook, seamstress, chambermaid, cleaner. 
Also, ladies worked in the office, as: secretary and typist, and there was also a place for her in the staff kitchen, working as tea ladies, who brought mid-morning refreshments around to workers.

Where once hardly anyone used a computer in the workplace, the majority of people are engaging with computers or some form of information communication technology that's really transforming the way we communicate,
Also, on-the-job experience was important 50 years ago. Employers did invest in training of their employees and the whole apprenticeship system was more significant and more invested in by employers than it has been now.

We have changed a lot, in this world of workplace. 
In the 1960s, there were no women bus drivers, welders, firefighters, news anchors, CEOs or Supreme Court Justices. Women professors, doctors, scientists or lawyers were rare.
So, what does it take for a woman to make it in the business?
1) competence; 
2) education; 
3) realism; 
4) aggressiveness; 
5) self-confidence; 
6) career-mindedness; 
7) femininity; 
8) strategy; 
9) support of an influential male; and 
10) uniqueness.
One last advice: the most important thing in getting a governmental job is having a NETWORK; it helps to reach out to anyone you know who works for the federal government, because you want to get a sense of what it's like from an insider.
If you are on he job-market: have a great hunt!


  1. Happy work anniversary! The 60s were a revolutionary time for women in work here in the UK, after the ladies at Ford's Dagenham plant went on strike for equal pay.

    I'm feeling it's time to move on and am job hunting... got myself a smart suit, just have to hope that someone wants me. No luck so far, but I know that it's because it means there's something even better waiting for me!

  2. Congratulations, dear Marija! Four years at any job, let alone a government one, is all the more of an achievement these days, where it seems people often change companies like they do their shirts. Thank you for the important look at some of the major strides our gender has made in the workplace over the last few decades. We still have a ways to go at times, but we're light years ahead of where our grandmothers were and that it always worth celebrating!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica