Jobs of any kind are difficult to find these days, however when looking for one it is important to consider what type of work best suits you: full time or part time.
Full time and part time roles both have their own merits and drawbacks, so it is important to consider each factor to make a decision that best suits you and your lifestyle.
One main advantage of working within a full time role is the added job security it gives you. As well as providing you with a stable income, having a permanent contract can give you a certain element of peace of mind about your job prospects for the foreseeable future, allowing you to make plans for the future without this worry. Having said that full time work doesn’t protect you from redundancy, it only gives you greater job security than the more disposable positions that come with part time work.
As a full time employee you gain more rights as a worker, which can give you a little more protection from unfair dismissal and other workplace issues. As you will likely be the sole employee filling a specific role you may feel a sense of control and responsibility within your position, which can do wonders for confidence and job satisfaction. If you like having a regular routine you’ll also gain this benefit from full time work.
While full time work is great if you love what you do, if you find you don’t quite fit in a job the long contracts and higher levels of responsibility can make you feel stuck. If this is the case, the 9-5 day after day can quickly become arduous. It can also be difficult to get out of a particular position if you have to give a long notice period; which new potential employers may not favour.
Perhaps the greatest benefit of working part time is the flexibility it provides. By working only a few days a week, you have the freedom to pursue other interests. Whether that be growing your own business, gaining experience in another field of work, or spending time with family (particularly if you’re a parent with young children), part time work allows you to fit in the time for these activities.
If you choose to gain further qualifications to help boost your CV and eventually reach that dream job, part time work can help accommodate your study. A lot of sectors such as retail and hospitality seek staff to work evenings and weekends, so you can fit in your study time during the day, particularly if you have to attend classes at this time.
You rarely have to give long notice periods with part time roles, so it is easier to move in and out of each one and try your hand in different sectors. On the other hand it is a lot easier for you to be made redundant or otherwise terminated from your contract, since there is a vastly reduced level of job security attached to part time jobs.
Another drawback of working in a part time role is the financial incentive for doing so. Despite a part time job bringing in some money whilst giving you the chance to pursue other interests, it’s a less stable form of income and usually comes in the form of minimum wage.
It is clear that there is no one best type of job; it really comes down to your personality and whether full time or part time work best fits your lifestyle.
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