Work Status Changes?

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 11:00am

What would be the advantages and disadvantages if you changed your working status?  In what ways would your life be easier and harder?

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Sun, 12-29-2013 - 11:02pm

Wrong thread, sorry.

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 8:37pm

I am planning to shift into WOH after I finish my degree in two years. I don't anticipate many changes in my life due to the ages of the children. One is strongly considering going active duty, another is in a serious relationship headed toward marriage and a big move, and the younger two both take driver's training next year. By the time I graduate, dd will be graduating high school, and ds will be a junior in high school. I'm anticipating much less "work" (chauffering, cooking, household shopping, etc.) by then, which will hopefully be easier to manage. 

My goal is to obtain a position with benefits great enough that dh can feel comfortable pursuing his doctorate and fulfilling his life's purpose teaching, or at least backing off from the ratrace and doing some freelance or consultant work. If I get my way, he'll get to reap the bulk of the benefits of my WOH. 

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 12-20-2013 - 6:00pm

There would not be much in the way of advantages or disadvantages.

I would have more free time but I have plenty of it now.  It would not give me anymore time with my family because they all work full time themselves.   It would be an advantage when  something that I want or need to do conflicts with my work hours.

Since most of my income goes into savings there would be no short term financial issue but not having that money in savings could set us up for a financial issue in the future.

I think my biggest disadvantage for me on a personal level is I would loose the pride I feel in doing a good job and the feedback  I get for it. 

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 1:00pm

<<I wouldn't really get much additional quality time with my family, as they work or are in school fulltime as well.>>

I agree, that is part of the reason I have slowly increased my hours each school year and then decrease them in the summer over the years.  I think this upcoming summer will be the first year that I maintain the number of hours throughout the year instead of flexing with the school year. 


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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 12:56pm

I currently work part to full time, so changing would mean to not work.

Advantages:  More me time, photo albums, gardening and other hobbies up to date. 

Disadvantages:  Less retirement savings. lower family income, less structure for me.

Easier or Harder?  I think sah would be easier, as I would have a lot less responsibilities on a daily basis.  It would be harder to remain challenged on an ongoing basis.

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 12:50pm

Cmmelissa wrote:
<p>What would be the advantages and disadvantages if you changed your working status?  In what ways would your life be easier and harder?</p>

Advantages/easier:  less stress (my job is stressing me out! lol), more time to do personal things (clean, house projects, exercise, read, etc, etc), more time to travel (except then i'd have no money to do so)

Disadvantages/harder: less $$ and associate benefits (health ins, retirement, etc), less personal intellectual fulfillment

I wouldn't really get much additional quality time with my family, as they work or are in school fulltime as well.

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 12:20pm
"One of the downsides would be that changing my work status would deprive my budget of all its income :)" -------- LOL, that would be a bummer.
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Registered: 03-22-2013
Fri, 12-20-2013 - 11:37am

I'd have more free time, even assuming I did a one-to-one replacement of WOH with housework or other work--I spend about 2 to 2.5 hours commuting each day.

One of the downsides would be that changing my work status would deprive my budget of all its income :) 

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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 11:14am
Well, I no longer have kids at home, so a change for me just has to do with how it affects me and to some extent how it might affect my husband. Right now I work very part time, maybe 15 hours a week on average. In addition we do a fair amount of business entertaining stuff, which I consider work as well. I have to admit that I am perfectly happy working this little. It means that I have time to take care of myself, pursue a degree and generally do what I please.
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Fri, 12-20-2013 - 11:14am
Well, I no longer have kids at home, so a change for me just has to do with how it affects me and to some extent how it might affect my husband. Right now I work very part time, maybe 15 hours a week on average. In addition we do a fair amount of business entertaining stuff, which I consider work as well. I have to admit that I am perfectly happy working this little. It means that I have time to take care of myself, pursue a degree and generally do what I please.