In essence jobs in France are extremely serious, since everything is in a centralized government. It is a very competitive market, as it is one becoming an agent of the nation. Which, unlike America was ruled be the centralized government. The state in France is undividable, where in America almost everything is under a states jurisdiction. While, the government does other matters. Each job is also divided into graded works, like B+'s are judges. Everyone must also follow the system, and not go against it or otherwise be punished. Making it so the the people were loyal to the state of France, despite the divides of the provinces that lie in the nation. One's grade in the test for acquiring a job, was also the mark of what kind of "agent" one would be like a publics works worker, or a scientist.
I think how French jobs are 'graded' is interesting-- it is certainly a foreign concept compared to jobs in the United States, where instead of being assigned a job, you are able to (for the most part) choose what job you want. Personally, I prefer the way it works in the U.S, where you are able to choose what you want to pursue, although I can see the benefits of placing people into jobs that they do best. The French system certainly seems more organized, but the United States' system allows for people to switch jobs or have multiple jobs in different areas (for example, you could be both a cashier at a clothing store and teach as a substitute teacher part time).
Chapter 10 introduces the French State- including its responsibilities and how it compares to the government and Constitution of the United States- as well as centralization and the way that jobs are assigned to French citizens. Before reading this chapter, I knew that most jobs in France (and other European countries) are decided by a test where the score dictates one’s placement. However, I did not know the specifics of how the system worked. I learned that there are approximately six million individuals working as civil servants in the French administration, and that education is the biggest ministry. I think that and the idea that a test places you in your job definitely says a lot about how seriously the French take their education as a whole. I also learned about how civil service jobs are categorized based on the A,B,C scale- A’s and C’s are in very different jobs, are responsible for very different tasks, and have very different education levels. Another concept that I learned about were the benefits of working in the civil service- including how civil servants have high job security and are often housed at the expense of the French State. I found it interesting that the authors noted that salaries are adjusted depending on the overall situation of the employee-- even though the wages are somewhat low, there are still other perks that add into the employee’s benefits. I think this chapter was interesting because it provides contrast to the U.S’s job system, which compared to the French is a lot more random and based on what individuals want (rather than the numbers that are needed in each field).
Chapter 10 was very interesting talking about jobs because I had some background knowledge about this topic from discussions in my FYS. We talked about how in 8th grade you pick a path on what you want to do for the rest of your life and how once you are on a path it is very hard to get off. I think that is crazy ive been in college for two months and already changed majors. I don't now how these 14 year olds already have their lives planned out. Also the job grading was new information to me some jobs are considered really good over here in America but receive just average grade. I also remember talking about how the French get more paid vacation time and have more holidays than America. The French have a test called the BAC and it is basically all or nothing if you pass you get a degree and a job for life if you fail the past 3 years of extensive job training is for nothing. The all or nothing mentality France has is interesting and I have mixed feelings about it. It is good because it gives kids motivation to learn but if you are a bad test taker or have aren't having a good day a fail on this test waste three years of hard work.
In chapter 10, most of the French women used the term Etat which often to the world to avoid using while in work. The meaning of the word Is translating. Etat defines the meaning of culture, economy, welfare, and charity, and defends the commons good. Etat also defines the meaning of civilization to build the foundation of French. It also the counteract the country divisive tendencies. What interesting about this is that etat is not the main part of the French revaluation. The two main part of the French revaluation is the Republicans and the Jacobins. The Republicans are looking for democracy within the monarchs while the Jacobins are extremists. In both of those parties, over six million servants work in the French administration. Which is exactly one-quarter of the workforce in the population of French. The servants are divided into 1800 hundred corps, which is very similar to the United States with the number of chairs being used in the legislative branch in the United States. From then the servants are divided into three different categories. The categories are A,B, and C. The c job is to rank and file, the B are Technicians, tax controllers, teachers, and civil aviation. Finally, the A is officers which can use in patrolling the city of France and use in the army. Now, most of the time, the jobs required for these positions depend on the certain degree you get for the job. With that in mind, France is a very strict standard when it comes to their education, which can eventually land a job depended on the ranking,