Should I switch to part-time work?

Lila - posted on 05/19/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )




I was hoping to hear from people who made the switch from full to part-time work. I currently work a straight 9-5 job (as a government attorney). I have the opportunity to switch to a part-time job - only working 3 days of 9-5pm. It's in a different unit, so it's different people I would be working with and a different subject matter. I am interested in the work both in my current job and in the part-time job. Things are pretty calm now where I am and I like the people I currently work with, but after an adjustment period in the part-time job its likely the part-time job would manageable too.

I have a 2 1/2 year old who currently goes to daycare full-time. He hates it, and I miss not spending more time with him. Financially we would be okay, but have to watch our spending more closely. I hope to be pregnant with a second child within a year.

I am hesitant to make a switch now, because right now my life works, and I can't be sure the new situation (work wise) will be as good, though it probably will work out. What I really want is a part-time position after I hopefully have a second child, but part-time positions are very hard to come by and there might not be one when I am ready.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated. I usually know what I want career wise, but this time I'm really not sure!


Ledia - posted on 05/19/2015




My 2 cents....
If I were in your position, I would probably take the part time position. As you said, part time positions are not easy to come by, so you don't want to miss this opportunity. You can always go back to a full time position if it doesn't work out, as full time positions are generally more available.
Secondly, I think it might actually be better to adjust to the new position now, rather than when you have your second child. If you wait until after the child is born, you will be adjusting not only to the new position, but also to having a second child, and handling your older boy who will need to adjust to the new addition to the family and the upset to his schedule. Do the job adjustment now, and you will have that taken care of, and be able to fully focus on your family adjustments. Plus, you'll have more time for those adjustments (which are usually a bit more taxing than career adjustments) because you'll only be working part time.
Lastly, you mentioned that your son doesn't like daycare, so taking him out of it for part of the week could be very beneficial. You might also find out why he hates it, and whether you need to consider moving him to another facility by spending time with him during the day when he is normally there.

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