PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL PERMANENT SECRETARY: Hundreds of children express their wish to make a difference through a career in the Public Service

More than 600 children have expressed their wish to make a positive difference in people’s lives by embarking on a career in the Public Service when they grow up. 

Earlier this year, these children took part in the competition ‘X’Tixtieq Issir La Tikber?’ (‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’), organised by the Office of the Principal Permanent Secretary. 

This morning, the winners were presented with awards by Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar as part of Public Service Week 2021. All artistic works submitted for the competition are now displayed in the basement of the Auberge de Castille.

When describing the career that they aspire to, 22% of participants opted to become doctors, nurses, chemists or scientists; 18% said that their dream is to become a painter, a sculpture, a historian or an athlete; 15% would like to become firefighters, police officers or soldiers; 14% are interested in the teaching profession, and 10% would choose a career among nature and animals.

Addressing the children during the award ceremony, Mr Cutajar said that the wishes they expressed reflect the wide spectrum of careers offered by the Public Service. The large number of submissions for the competition indicates that the foundations that have been built in recent years through the renewal of the Public Service will provide a bright future for our children. These submissions affirm that children understand that the Public Service offers exciting and important employment opportunities and that they can truly aspire to a career in the Public Service.

On Saturday 5th June, the Public Service will open its departments to all the children who took part in this competition, to give them the opportunity to spend a few hours in the workplaces towards which they are inclined.

Today, the children’s exhibition is open from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. From next Monday until Friday 4th June it will be open from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Entrance (from Merchants Street) is free of charge.