In this chapter it discussed the way jobs work in France with benefits, salaries, the levels of jobs with everything. There are three levels of workers in France A, B, and C. The C's are like army-rank files, they rarely have a university degree and are things like civilian aid to army health service, embassy clerk, or school lab assistant. The B's are the technicians things like non-commissioned officers, tax controllers, social workers, teachers, or technician controllers. Most have university degrees. And lastly the A's they mostly all have post-graduate degrees and they makeup things like engineers, professors, inspectors, and architects.
I love how you gave types of jobs that they could hold, it really helps when you try to vision the "pecking order".
Great job naming what type of jobs each class performs, it really illustrates how society functions in France
In France, they have class systems like we do in America. Instead of going by how much you make (we have lower, middle, and upper-class households) they go by your actual job. A C class citizen, or "civil servants" as the book called them, have not as much education. A B class civil servant has a somewhat higher education. And an A class civil servant has the most education and hold jobs like engineers, professors, city planners. Then there are A+ civil servants who are the top of the food chain, they hold jobs like executive or staff officer. Unlike the U.S they base this on a system of power, not wage. The A+ class workers over see everything and make sure it's done, the A class workers think of the regulations and tell people to enforce them, the B's enforce the plans, and the C's are like assistants.
Great point about how the citizen classes depend on the level of education they had
I like how you contrast American and French classifications. The French are more concerned with education and authority while American's are more concerned with money.
I totally agree! The job you receive is purely decided by the education you obtain.
France’s system for jobs and hierarchy is very similar to that of the United States except the only difference is that in France it depends on your education, not your income (lower, middle, upper class). In France they start with C class citizens who mostly do assisting jobs do not have much education. B class citizens are next and they have a decent amount of education, most had some sort of university degree, these citizens participated in more control jobs. After them there are A class citizens who have a proficient amount of education and are found in the form of professors, engineers, and researchers. At the top of the chart comes the A+ citizens who are the most influential in the French society. These citizens are mainly executives or government officials. Overall the class system works as a chain of command, most jobs and orders get passed down from the A+ citizens down to the C citizens.
Great job explaining the similarities between French and American job classifications. I thought that even though the French and American have different bases for class A,B,C/upper, middle, lower classes, they are still the same class.
I agree with how you compared it to the United States. There is definitely a divide in our current social classes and that can be seen with the job classes in France.
In this chapter of the book, we learned about the class system in France. Unlike America, France bases their classes on education and power rather than salary. Class “A” jobs are those jobs that require the most education and responsibility/authority like a company CEO or neurosurgeon. Class “B” jobs require less education. They would be considered America’s “middle-class” and include jobs like teachers and social workers. Class “C” jobs do not usually have a university degree and assist others in their responsibilities and include jobs such as assistants and butlers. It contrasts from American society in that it is not based on salary however; the class “A” jobs usually make more money and the class “C” jobs make less so it’s similar in that way. Class “A” jobs would be considered upper class, class “B” would be middle class, and class “C” jobs would be lower class in American society.
The education you receive determining what job you can get is similar to the American classifications of getting a job too.
In France, there are three levels of job classification: A, B, and C. Starting toward the end, C’s are generally army-rank-types. They rarely have degrees from higher education and can be found as civilian aid to army health services, embassy service clerks, or school lab assistants. B’s are more of the “middle class” if you will. Teachers, social workers, non-commissioned officers, etc. are the types of jobs you will find in the B classification. A’s, as you could probably imagine, have post-graduate degrees, and work as doctors, engineers, and architects. In the U.S., our system works a bit differently than the French system. We classify jobs by wages, while the French classify them by how much power the person has. The A’s oversee that everything gets done. The B’s enforce the plans, while the C’s are like assistants.
Great Point! We described similar job postings for both and I enjoyed how at the end you summarized them all as playing off of each other. How the B's do the work for the A's while the C's do the work for the B's.
The system for jobs in France dealt with three classes. A, B, and C which are as they seem. Jobs in the A class were reserved for those of the upper/wealthier citizens. These jobs were usually high paying and required graduate degrees such as Doctors, City Architects, Lawyers, etc. The B class was reserved for those of the middle class and did not always require a degree. These job offerings included police officers, educational teachers, etc. Then of course the last job classification would be C which was reserved for those of the lower/poor social class. These jobs gave little wage, required no education, and were usually played out in rougher conditions. It included positions such as assistants and those in the army ranks.
Jobs in France versus jobs in the United States are divided in drastically different ways. In the United States, we see divides in income, while in France, there is a hierarchy of power based on what type of job you have. There are three job classifications in France: A, B, and C. Starting from the bottom and moving up, C's are more of the entry-level jobs and people with military standing. These are kind of like the assistants. B's are teachers, social workers, and people who work in that type of sector. They generally have a Bachelor's Degree, and are the second highest man on the totem pole. A's are people with post-graduate degrees: architects, engineers, lawyers, and doctors. A's are generally the people who are in charge of larger masses of people.
Good comparison with each level and jobs associated with them. You're right, here in the US we tend to divide incomes instead of having it based on what job you have.
Obtaining jobs in France is slightly different compared to obtaining jobs in the United States. In the United States, your class plays a role in what career you will follow when you are old enough. For example, middle class children are more likely to obtain a job that keeps them in middle class, and same goes for upper class and lower class. While it is possible to go up or down a class, the opportunities that are available in your class somewhat decide how well you’ll do in your future. In France, your class does not determine your future at all. It is 100% based on the education you receive. There are class A, B, and C jobs. Class C jobs are the easiest to obtain. They require no education. Class B jobs are the second easiest to obtain. They usually require a college degree. Class A jobs are the most difficult to obtain. They often require graduate school or some sort of extra schooling after a college degree. This aspect is similar to the United States system, but in France, your socioeconomic class growing up does not affect your education or the job you would be able to get as you get older. This makes more sense than the United States system because you are not stuck. There is room to improve based on how hard you try.
Great comparison with France and the US! It's true, in America you're stuck and have no way to move up and improve your skills.
The jobs in France are a little different than like we have here in America, but they do have a level system for jobs as we do here. In America we have the upper-class, middle-class and lower-class. France has something similar, but the titles aren’t as harsh as we have it. France’s three level are A, B and C, the A’s in France usually all have degrees and good jobs. The B’s for the most part also have degrees, but don’t have as high paying jobs. Than the C’s rarely have degrees and consist of lower paying jobs like clerks and assistants. Compared to the way America has the three levels, France’s lower level C isn’t as bad as America’s lower class.