Part-Time Dilemma

I’ve been away from full-time employment for nearly a year now. A big jumble of health and economic factors have made it somewhat difficult to become a working woman again. I haven’t found the perfect job, and I haven’t really been able to make the mediocre ones happen either. My unemployment has done pretty terrible things to my family budget and credit score. I miss the self-esteem boost from a job well done, from my interactions with coworkers, and just GETTING OUT OF THE HOUSE. I’ve been working on my medical coding certification, and know my good job is just around the corner. But what do I do in the meantime?

Last week, a friend on Twitter gave me a lead on a paid summer internship with a local company. The work isn’t in my field, but it would bring in some money, get me out of the house, and I’d get the experience of working with a web-based company. I quickly exchanged a few emails, and had an interview set up within a few hours. The interview went well. I knew I didn’t want to do it full-time, but they were happy to work with the very specific hours I requested.

Over the week since my interview, I’ve talked myself into, and out of, taking the position if offered to me. I made the PRO/CON list, I started putting out feelers for childcare, I pulled some of my more professional clothes out of a box. This morning I got the offer, and I’m about 90% sure I’m going to take it. Part of me is afraid that I’ll use it as an excuse to slack on my studies. It’ll mean figuring out childcare for the times that my husband is away…and missing out on the limited time when my husband is in town. It will force me to be a lot more disciplined with my time (which I admittedly need.) But it will also mean that I have a little more free money. I can pick away at some debt, make purchases without monumental guilt, and take some of the financial burden off my husband. But even he is hesitant of me accepting the position. I feel conflicted.

I obviously need to pray about it…but what would you do?

  • Do you think there is a reason you are feeling conflicted about the job? Are you just nervous about going back into the work field? There are other jobs you could do. You could get a little bit of money doing look-ups at the Family History Library, or watching children.

    I know you will make the right decision! And congrats on getting a job! That is the worst part of looking for jobs for me is getting turned down all the time.

  • take it..

    you will find someone for R.
    you need the money.
    you will get used to less time with T.

    You need to do this for you. the self esteem, getting dressed going to work..
    getting a paycheck. Besides they are willing to work with your part time..desire/

  • I would take it. Start it, see how things go. If you don’t feel like it’s right or working out, you can quit.

  • yes, take it! Like Kristina says, you can always quit and there would be nothing wrong with that!

    I’m reading Wake Up to a Happier Life BY Amanda Dickson. From the very brief meeting we had at Sammy’s and from what I’ve read on twitter and such, I can tell you are happy. The thing I’m getting most from this book right now is to say yes and take risks trying things that I normally may not do….you will be glad you did and never have to wonder “what if?”…so, say YES! Enjoy the ride…..

  • Hollie

    Take it! I agree with Kristina. It might be one of those small blessings that have been promised…..

  • Esther

    Above all, go with what the Spirit tells you. That aside, I agree with what’s already been said. Take the job. Not many companies will be as accommodating and if it doesn’t work out you can always quit. It will be good for your self esteem which will have a ripple effect on the rest of your life and the important people in it. As far as your studies go, you’re supposed to keep it to small segments anyway. Even if you just do 15-30 minutes a day, eventually you’ll finish.


  • I agree with most the others, they’re working with YOUR hours, it’s p.t., it will feel great to get out there and have some money to help with the bills and such, and as far as child care for Rosie, maybe you can reduce the cost by finding one of her friends parents to take her a day or 2 and you can then take their child off their hands when your home.

  • Shan Weiler

    Hey Nicole,
    I would take it. Even if it isn’t an ideal job, it would be money and would alieviate a big stress in your life right now. Remember that it is only temporary until you finish your certification and find something that really works for you. Think of it as a stepping stone to the life that you really want. Go for it!!!

  • Will your in-law watch Rosie? I hope things work for you.

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