The decision to switch from full-time to part-time employment can be wonderful if time is taken to review the pros and cons of your decision. Here are some suggestions to make the transition smooth:
- Decide on the reason for part-time employment. Some people switch for medical, childcare, or travel concerns. Meanwhile, some people switch because of job dissatisfaction, poor management practices, and high stress.
- Determine if you want to stay within your industry/specialty since your can transfer your communincation, computer, and technical skills. For instance, a hospital staff nurse working 40 hours can switch to a home health care intake coordinator working 25 hours with minimal training needed. However, a elementary schoolteacher switching to nursing needs to take science/nursing coursework.
- List your income/benefits needs: write down your fixed (ex. mortgage/insurance) and variable expenses (ex. telephone/clothes) along with medical-vision-life-disability insurance/paid vacations/holidays/personal days and compare this information with your part-time employment options.
- Discuss any plans with your spouse/significant other including the pros and cons. Pros may be additional family time, less childcare costs, and ability to explore hobbies/volunteering. On the other hand, cons may be less visibility for high profile positions, less pay, and less benefits.
- Decide if additional training in needed and take appropiate coursework while working full-time. Also, establish a special savings/investment account to help cushion your initial switch to part-time employment.
This suggestions may help you decide if changing to part-time employment is a good idea for you.