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The Full-Time Conundrum

  • Posted on August 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

In the world of employment, an increase in full-time employment opportunities is a very good thing. After all, full-time employment means that people can actually support a family by working for their keep, assuming their hourly wage is livable. It’s a sign of an improving economy.

When you are the mother of three children with special needs and a freelancer who is also looking to start a graduate degree program, full-time employment can be rather intimidating. I’ve mostly been looking for part-time work, in order to better balance the needs of my family with the needs of my bank account. Yet it seems that most of the opportunities available in my area for someone with my skill set, especially those willing to pay anything close to what I’m worth, are full-time positions.

I want the work and I want the security of an employed position. I’d dearly enjoy the full-time paycheck.

The question is this: Will I be able to enjoy the flexibility I need if I work full-time? If not, will I be able to provide my husband with the support and assistance he needs to step into some of the roles I’ve assumed for so many years?

The complication, of course, is that my husband doesn’t drive. A further complication is that school is starting in the coming weeks and our schools aren’t exactly accommodating in their scheduling, at least not so that it’s feasible for a working parent to register and ready-set-go three children at three different schools after commuting from a job that’s roughly 45 minutes away.

Perhaps all this worrying is premature. My first interview was on Tuesday. This position is through a staffing agency, so my next interview will be with the actual employer. School may be started before I’m even offered the position, if I’m offered the position, and then there would only be the occasional doctor’s appointment or IEP meeting to contend with—for three boys.

The best thing I can do is be honest and upfront and let them decide for themselves whether they can be accommodating. I know I can do the work and I know, if given the opportunity, I can make up for any downtime I may need. The question, as always, is will they let me?