SBI PO or SBI Clerk Which one is more suitable for Women?

In this article, we shall compare the job profile of clerk and probationary officer in the largest commercial bank in the country from the perspective of a woman.

Created On: Mar 1, 2017 18:12 IST

SBI PO vs. SBI Clerk: Which one is more suitable for Women?

SBI PO notification is out and the clerical recruitment for the same is going to commence in the coming months. With women empowerment being the catch phrase these days in the government corridors as well in the private sector, many women are joining the workforce in the banking sector as PO and clerks. We have the Chairman of SBI as a woman who joined the bank in 1977 as a probationary officer. Though postings remain an issue, SBI HR is considerate enough to give nearby or home postings to girls in case of PO and mostly within a daily commuting distance in case of clerical cadre staff.

SBI PO or SBI Clerk: Which one should I choose if I’m a female?

The first question that arises is the discrimination that we are doing here in case of women and men. Well, practically, it is not feasible for a woman to stay anywhere without her family. She cannot stay back for late night every day because she needs to go home on time. There should be work-life balance etc. Yes, there are issues but still, there are women in the power corridors of SBI who are donning multiple hats. Let us see the various factors that may help you decide your career and put to rest this discussion:

  • PO demands responsibility: If you have the power to execute something, you must have responsibility along with it since power never comes without responsibility. For clerical staff, you have your officer to point finger at but for an officer, there is nobody to pass the buck and its stops here. Well, you have compensated well enough for that also. In terms of responsibility, it comes naturally to female candidates if we compare it with males. However, having said that, it depends on a person to act and talk responsibly and a particular sex has nothing to do with it.
  • PO Means stretched working hours: If you are ready to take responsibility you must brace yourself for long working hours at least in the initial years of your joining. In this regard, as a clerical staff, you are free to go home after business hours but as a PO, you are not. 
  • PO Means better compensation: This is the major factor in a job and when you look at the CTC of both the posts, you get to know the difference between these two posts in detail. Your initial salary will be at least double as a PO with more perks and more amenities at your beck and call. 
  • PO means authority: Who does not want authority in life and yes, PO job gives you that. You have the clerical staff and you need to allocate work, supervise the same etc. That means you are authorized to make the clerical staff work. Still unsure about job role? Well, you have the authority to dictate your clerk as an officer. Anything else? 
  • PO means better promotion: Well, you start a step ahead and with your dedication and grit, you can finish multiple steps ahead. The burning example is Mrs. Arundhati Bhattacharya, the present Chairman of SBI. She joined as PO and now she is handling the total bank. Not only her, there are many more examples of women heading the public sector bank after joining as an Officer initially. 
  • You have flexible posting and transfer policies for women: One important aspect of banking job is the frequent transfer policy along with postings being in remote locations. Well, you stand to gain there as well with postings at convenient locations. Your promotion aspect is not affected by your rural stint in SBI if you are a female. 
  • PO means more learning: If you are an ambitious woman, PO is definitely your pick. This is because you get to learn various facets of the financial world and you get to rise in ranks with nothing else but your merit. Having said that, more promotions require more devotion on your part. 
  • Work life balance may get affected if you are a PO: Well, it will get affected however adept you are in your work. Your work never ends in a bank and you never get to leave without consequences leaving a huge pile of work at your desk. So, finishing that will take more time and the less you get to be with your family, therefore. 

A job is not all rosy but at the same time, the choice of a job depends mainly on the person who is doing it. If you are ambitious enough to reach the top, you will go for PO. You reach new heights and the more you work to reach newer heights. On the other hand, being a clerk requires being at the counter during public dealing and you can leave the office after business hours. The choice is yours such as where do you want to see yourself in 5 years or 10 years and your priorities in life. If you are more comfortable being a banker, go for PO, if not, go for clerk.

All the best!! 

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