What part time schedule would you cho...

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 1:51am

What part time schedule would you choose . . .if you had the choice?



  • 20 hours- 2 full day and 1 half day in the office
  • 20 hours- 5 half days in the office
  • 20 hours- 4 half days in the office; 4 hours WAH
  • 20 hours- 3 half days in the office 8 hours WAH
  • OTHER


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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 1:13pm
If you're referring to general situations, I'm sorry. . .I'm seeking input on my specific situation.

If you're to me specifically, it's obvious you haven't actually read any of my previous posts on this topic.

My husband's work hours are fairly stagnant as he is in the military. The military is becoming more 'family friendly', but they still aren't offering PT schedules. We're considering him getting out in the next couple of years, thus allowing him to go to school FT once our youngest is in school FT as well. . . but we are not there yet. Heck, he isn't even HERE now.

Also, although I'm going PT at my 'day job', I'm still teaching at the university at a pay level that combined with my pt status at my day job will be equal my current FT income, though I won't be doing 40 hours of WOH. I'll be doing 20 hours work for my 'day job' and teaching a 3 hour course. I'll be doing my prep work for the class at home, and only teaching one night a week.

My 'day' employer is quite benevolent I currently allowed quite a bit of flexibility in my position. . .that's why I'm able to determine my own schedule. Also, I'm eligible to still accrue vacation and sick leave . . .I did do my homework.

And gee, you sure weren't worried about equity when I was working 40 hours/week, teaching the same college class (the university equivalent of a 20 hour/week job), AND taking 6 graduate level hours. I'm reducing my 'day job' work hours for two reasons. . .1) without doing so, I couldn't get special permission from the university (for a second and third time) to teach the university class above and beyond my regular FT job (for a university sponsored organization) and 2) my husband is in IRAQ and I felt (with his support) that trying to work 60 hours/week, take 6 graduate hours, AND raising our children in his absence was more than I 'had' to handle. . .sorry you disagree.

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Thu, 06-26-2003 - 12:47pm
Just me? Or my husband too?

If I can go down to 20, that would mean we could each go down to 30 with failry equal income penalty. I think we'd both take Fridays off together, or something like that. We wouldn't even consider it though, unless we could arrange through employer benevolance, or afford by way of upaid leave of absenses, to maintain our current vacation/sick day allotment and other time juggling flexibility.

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 10:54pm
i would loooooove five half days.
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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 2:11pm
I picked the same - because it's much easier to keep on top of things if you're in the office every day (and I like to work FT and have the same schedule every day).

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 1:27pm
For myself, I chose 5 half days. I think it depends on many factors--how long the commute is, childcare options, the nature of your work, etc. I chose my schedule for the following reasons:

1) I can do all of my work within the school day, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of daycare.

2) My commute is short. I'm not wasting a lot of time in the car even though I drive 5 days a week,

3) With 4-hour days, I do not take a lunch break and therefor spend less time in the office per week than I would with longer days and a lunch break.

4) My work does not require that I coordinate much with other people's schedules

5) My work is flexible--e.g., when the schools have a vacation day, I can work 3 or 4 longer days, take the vacation day off, and still put in my full 20 hours for the week.

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 5:29am
I would do the two full days + half day in the office. Why? Because you're going to get busy and something is going to happen and you're going to be at home wigging out on a Saturday that you have to put in 8 hours before Monday. So keep work at work and use the home down time for studying and family.

outside_the_box_mom -- who is getting up at 5:00 to get in her three hours per day while DS is home.

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Wed, 06-25-2003 - 1:56am
Seeking input. . .

I'm going part time at my 'day' job. For the month of July, I'll be teaching a college class in the mornings M-F and taking a grad class just after that. I'll be working in the afternoons for that month.

For the fall semester though, I have the option to 'make' my own schedule. My 'own' class schedule will be T/TH evenings and I'll be teaching Wednesday evenings. I'll be doing a 3 hour/week practicum that I can arrange myself and I'd like to get into a Wednesday morning class.

I'll be working 20 hours/week at my 'day' job and can incorporate some WAH hours. I'm trying to decide whether to 'squeeze' everything into T/W/Th and give myself a 4 day 'weekend' every week. . .OR whether to work each morning and incorporate some WAH hours.

Input?