“Thankless” is a new page in my daily art journal.
For the last 14 years, I’ve been employed in a human services profession within the public sector. It’s highly challenging work. As much as one desires to make a difference and help others, there are many days that it feels as though there are too many insurmountable obstacles standing in the way.
The public you are trying to assist doesn’t support or appreciate your efforts. The government doesn’t provide the funding that is truly needed in order for programs to be effective. Policy makers don’t understand the practical issues you confront on a daily basis. People on the outside don’t recognize the value of what you do, or what society would be like if you weren’t there to do it.
In the private sector, professionals can expect to be rewarded in tangible ways for a job well-done. There are awards, raises, and promotions. Frankly, it’s very hard, if not impossible, to receive any of these things in my profession, especially now. We’re much more likely to receive complaints and reprimands from those who don’t think we’re doing enough–or to have our insurance and retirement benefits seized from us.
At this juncture, it’s hard to be optimistic about the future. Fewer young people are choosing to enter public service professions, and it’s not hard to see why. All we can hope is that people begin to realize the truth.
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