I’ve Been Thinking…

I’ve been thinking, and that doesn’t happen too often. What I’ve been thinking about is how you know when you have made it as a Civil Servant (or Public) Servant.

You may find yourself asking yourself how you will know when you are fitting successfully into the government machine. You may question yourself about whether you are suitable for government service. This is only natural, as we all need encouragement from time to time. You should look out for the following signs that will show you to be successfully institutionalised.

  • You get nervous when your diary does not show at least three meetings organised for the coming day.
  •  You get uncomfortable at training courses where you are encouraged to write or speak without using jargon because your manager is always insisting you write gibberish.
  •  You find yourself gaining immense satisfaction when a member of the public yells at you down the phone.
  •  You immediately understand jargon, such as community capacity building, and even know how to fit it into a sentence.
  •  The idea of working more than 7.5 hours a day causes you to break out into a cold sweat.


About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon). Real name Peter Tapsell...just started off writing under a pseudonym and kept going.

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