It appears the traditional 9-5 is more and more becoming a thing of the past. According to The Reed Job Index, part-time work is on the rise.
Whether we turn to a part-time position for increased flexibility, as freelance opportunities, because we want to continue our education, start our own business or because it’s simply the only available entry-level job out there.
Although most don’t strive to work only part-time after graduation and at the start of your professional career, it does have its perks. The flexibility of working part-time can allow many opportunities that may not have been present had you accepted a position with longer hours. With the option to work shorter hours, the traditional working week is becoming increasingly unappealing.
So for many, part-time work is becoming the new normal. Here’s why:
To put it simply, our lifestyles are changing. No longer is it the norm for mothers to stay home while fathers rush off to work every day. Many want time to join that book club, take that morning gym class or enroll in a night college program. Shorter hours mean it is possible to fit your career around an increasingly busy schedule. Part-time work is a great way to have a healthy balance between your personal life and your career.
A ‘Stepping Stone’
You’ve got to start somewhere, right? Even if part-time work wasn’t originally on your radar, it’s important to consider that a part-time position may be just what you need to get your foot in the door in such a competitive industry as public relations or fashion. Accepting a part-time or temporary position can allow you to gain real-world experience while still having the time to study up on industry current events or continue your education.
In other words, working part-time can open the door to a future opportunity that you may not have been qualified for if you were working a job with longer hours. Even if it’s just a temporary or part-time position when you accept it, if you impress the people around you, it could turn into much more than that!
Looking to Grow
Not everyone works part-time as a lifestyle choice, some look to turn a part-time position into a full-time 9 to 5 career. Just because you accept a part-time position, doesn’t mean that’s all it has to be! Work hard to prove that you are a necessary and integral part of the team and company. Prove that you aren’t worth losing and in the blink of an eye that once temporary position could turn into a full-time career.
Or, if your part-time position isn’t exactly your dream job, don’t get disheartened! A part-time or freelance position can still be a great way to gain experience in the industry and earn a steady cash flow while still having time to search for your more permanent dream job.
What It Means for You
So, what does all this part-time talk mean for recent graduates? It means that the job market is becoming more diverse and more accepting of the different lifestyles that exist in today’s society. No longer is full-time your only option, and no longer is accepting a part-time position deemed failure. The workforce is adapting to the needs of the job market to include workers in full-time, part-time, temporary, freelance or self-employed capacities.
So whether you’re a student working as a part-time intern to gain industry experience before you enter the real world, a recent graduate working a temporary position in the hopes of turning it into a full-time career, or a professional who simply wants to pursue a different career path or start up his/her own business, part-time work may be the best route for you.
The flexibility of part-time work can have a multitude of perks; so don’t discount it as a possible option for you post-graduation or as an intermediate stepping stone in your early career.
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