So it has come to my attention that there is an internal position at work that I could apply for. Company prefers to promote from within, and I have
10 years' experience under my belt. I've also spent a few of those years working as the last eyes on material published for a well-known national
chain store that's fairly well recognized. Chances are high a number of you have seen work I've been responsible for and just not known it.
But in all those years I've been part-time. That's not necessarily been a bad thing. I'm a mom. It's freed me up to be a mom. I'm still free to be a
However, this new spot is a full-time gig. That would bring with it certain perks like my own retirement account to add to the ones we already have
going, PTO, the internal perks like chances for baseball tickets and the little things like that. There is also the reality of a larger paycheck. A
little extra money is never a bad thing even though we're not necessarily dying for lack of funds, so it's not critical I make more, just would be
However, with full-time I would also lose certain niceties I currently enjoy. I would have to be in at 8:30 every morning. Son's bus leaves about
8:50, so he wouldn't be able to ride the bus. We'd have to make arrangements for him to have early care at the school. He'd miss riding the bus
because all the neighborhood kids do and they all have a ball playing while they wait. Teikiatsu can currently telecommute two days of the week
without too much trouble, so we'd only have to arrange for him for three days, but even so, Teikiatsu then loses the flexibility with his WFH that he
I would also lose the flexibility in my schedule. Right now, I work four hour shifts more or less every day, but because of hour total restrictions, I
can more or less take about three days or so off per month. Generally, that's my call, and it frees me up to do things like be there when my parents
have medical needs ... like my dad getting his hip replaced in December. I know I can take those days without taking a dent in my expected pay. It
also gives me some wiggle room to miss a day like I did Monday when weather made a hash of the morning commute. I can just rotate in a day late in the
month as needed.
Full-time means I lose that. I'd be on a PTO clock.
And, as a commuter family, I would end up driving two rush hours every day through the city. The evening one would hurt me the worst. Son's martial
arts practices are at 6 to 6:15. I wouldn't leave until 5:30 and I wouldn't be able to make it back on a good number of nights in time to see him
practice. I'd also miss his belt tests. Now, there is a good chance he'll be moving into the intermediate class soonish which solves that end of the
problem, but on the flip side, I'm mom-coach. I've been working with him in the mornings to help him keep up with what he needs to know and be able to
do, and I at least do the calisthenics work with him. I would also have a hard time fulfilling that promise I made to him.
So, in short, I'm conflicted. It would help us, but I'm not sure if it would be worth what I'd be losing at this time.
edit on 17-11-2018 by ketsuko because: (no reason given)