Do You Work for ODSP? Should I?
August 30, 2014 6:22 AM Subscribe
Next week I have my final interview for a caseworker position with ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program). If they want to hire me, I'll have a tough choice to make - and it's even tougher because I don't know anyone who works for the program (or even in similar programs).
Can you give me some idea about what it's like to work there, or in similar positions?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total)
I am currently employed by a small not-for-profit agency in a job that has a lot of great perks - plenty of vacation and personal time, great co-workers, fantastic clients, a lot of autonomy in my role, flexible hours, and an amazing reputation in the community.
The negatives are that the pay is awful (and hasn't increased in many years), there's no chance for advancement because it's such a small agency, and there's no way I'll ever be able to afford to retire on this salary.
I will need to leave this job at some point in the future, for all the reasons noted, but it's not urgent that I get out immediately. I could stay there for another year or two without suffering. I really enjoy the good parts of my job. That said, there are seldom any job openings of interest in my community and most of them pay poorly.
I think that the good things about ODSP are the salary (starting at 1.75 times what I currently make), the normal business hours, not being reliant on funding applications coming through in order to keep the job, the possibility of being able to retire someday, and ....what else?
I've worked for plenty of big for-profit companies, the kinds that have pensions and HR departments, so I know what that environment is like (almost the opposite of where I am now) and I suspect that ODSP is more like those jobs than the small, friendly place where I'm currently employed. I imagine I'd be essentially chained to a desk, have little autonomy, have little personal time/vacation time, and ... what else?
I will ask questions at the interview but I know that they're not going to grumble at me and tell me all the positives/negatives of the position - so I'm looking for some real info from anyone who's worked for ODSP or similar ministry/government positions.
Please tell me ANYTHING you think I should know. Some starting points:
1. How big of a culture shock would it likely be for me to move into a job at ODSP (or similar) after several years working in a small, not-for-profit?
2. What are the perks/drawbacks of working for ODSP (or similar)?
3. Is there still job security in a job like this? It's unionized, but I've heard some rumblings about working for the government not being as secure and stable as it was in the past.
4. Is there a chance of advancement from a caseworker job with ODSP? Can you move around/upward?
5. Bonus: They've asked me to bring my references to the interview and stated that they must include my current supervisor. My current supervisor has no idea I'm looking, let alone interviewing, for jobs. I would prefer that she not know until I've decided what I want to do. Any advice?
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