Tell us about your current job situation.
I am currently working full-time in the financial services industry, specifically in Program Management in the default servicing group in the Home Loans division of a large bank. This position requires long hours and is very stressful. I would like to make a change to either part-time work, or a more flexible, less stressful full-time job.
Tell us about your work history.
I had my daughter in my late 30s, so had worked for many years before she was born. I was lucky enough to work part-time during most of her early years. When she started kindergarten I went back to full-time work because the company I was working for was acquired and I was concerned that as a part-time employee, I would be considered dispensable.
Tell us about your home life.
I have a daughter in 3rd grade, my spouse does have an income, and we live within our means so could manage on less than my full-time salary, but I need to find the right opportunity.
What do you do for childcare while you are working?
My daughter’s school has an excellent after school program that she attends two days a week. My parents often help out and my husband and I alternate picking her up, getting a babysitter or making arrangements with friends when necessary. My husband and I both have some flexibility so we are able to manage, although it does get hectic sometimes.
Is your job flexible with your personal time requirements (childcare, healthcare, other personal interests)?
Somewhat – I do have some control over my schedule, but work long hours, so although I am able to work from home when necessary, or pick my daughter up from school, I more than make up for any time away from work during off hours.
Would you like to work part-time?
Yes, if I could still make an acceptable income and do work that I find challenging and interesting.
What would you look for in a part-time job?
Flexibility, stability, reasonable salary, interesting work.
Does your current company/position offer part-time schedules?
Rarely at my level or in my division.
Please share with us any problems you have encountered in a job search.
I find that with unemployment at the levels they are, most people who do have jobs are working long hours under stressful conditions. Additionally, it’s difficult to take a step back from a career standpoint knowing how difficult it is to get to a certain level. I have had to work back up to the level I was before having my daughter, and now that I’m in my 40s, if am concerned about security and having to start over again later I were to go back to part-time work now.
Please describe your ideal employment situation and the reasoning behind this vision.
I think the ideal situation is to work as a consultant on a project basis as I have done before. There is less security doing that, but so much better quality of life. It takes courage though, to leave a full-time job with good salary and benefits to do that.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I’m not sure this qualifies as a super power, but I would like to be able to clone myself so I could be two places at once!