What I have Learned in Part-time Employment

In a previous blog re: my portfolio career in retirement, which includes traditional part-time employment, volunteering and freelance “gigs”, I related that

I am finding part-time work to be very enjoyable.  As opposed to my original full-time HR and consulting career, I do not bring the job home with me. It is less stressful while still providing a feeling of accomplishment and value in my contribution to the customers and the employer. I have also been fortunate to find the part-time work close to home, eliminating the time I used to spend sitting in traffic going to and from the office.

Having had several part-time jobs over that last 3 years, I have these experiences  to share:

  • I have received very little if any training as a new part-time hire, even when the employer knew that I did not have much direct experience.  Training has been on-the-job, learning from other employees.  There have been no manuals to consult; it’s dive in and test the waters.
  • I have found that you have to be flexible in your work schedule. You will be scheduled to meet the employer’s needs, not your own.  The good employers will accommodate your scheduling needs when they can, but only if it meets their operating needs. Schedules change as frequently as weekly.
  • You have to leave your ego at home. As a part-time employee, you will probably be delegated to entry-level duties unless and until you gain experience with that employer or in that business. You will probably be supervised by someone much younger than yourself but with greater knowledge of that employer’s operations. You have to be open-minded and willing to learn.
  • Don’t expect employee benefits to apply to you. But employee discounts in products sold (retail) will probably be offered.

Oh, and one other benefit to a part-time job….it gets me out of the condo and out of my spouse’s hair, which she greatly appreciates.

Published by Dave Waldorf

Former Human Resource and legal professional specializing in HR compliance advisory services. Finding my new life in Arizona with my wife of 43 years and our two shelties.

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