Part Time Going Full Time?
August 14, 2012 11:55 AM Subscribe
How practical is a full time position while taking on a full time course load?
posted by livinglearning to Work & Money (29 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I got a job during my second year of university and have been working there for two years now. I have been working part-time although my hours varied based on how often I wanted to work. I could work 60+ hours/biweekly or I could end up working 30+ hours/biweekly. It's easier to give away shifts as a part-time employee and I have so much more downtime as a part-time employee.
But, I was offered a full time position with benefits, the only concern is that I would be receiving less money compared to my part time position. Instead of 15.25/hour I would be receiving 14.25 or 14.50 an hour. I would only have 8 days off/month. However, I would also have paid vacation time.
I've tried figuring out if this is practical while also taking on a full course load (5 courses/semester for the next year).
I definitely need the money since I live paycheck to paycheck. I also take care of all of my financial expenses. I will be getting financial assistance, but it would be great if I could minimize the amount of debt that I'd have to take on since I paid my way through school and only have about $5,000 in student loans.
I want a sense of security in terms of my finances and hours worked so that I know how much money I'll be getting biweekly. I'm also interested in working full time because I want to be living in a different city or possibly country from now. I know that people can move with very little money, but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that because I need a sense of financial security (even if it's a small amount) before moving somewhere.
But, as someone with depression I fear that this might be way too much for me. I currently have a degree although my marks were subpar since I didn't put much of an effort. I ended up with high 60s and low 70s throughout my first degree. It was a general degree instead of an honours degree. I also don't feel like I learned anything from my first degree because I didn't focus enough on school.
I promised myself that I would do things differently and put forth a much better effort for my second degree. I want to make sure that I live up to that promise. I feel like I might be able to do this because I'd only have 1-2 classes on campus and the remaining 3-4 would be online.
In regards to the job, there tends to be down time so I could actually complete a lot of my readings, online lectures, etc.. during my shifts. My shifts would have a consistent start and end time rather than having a bunch of shifts that are all over the place. But, I am TERRIBLE at managing my time and I'm also pretty lazy. For instance, if I have a shift that is from 2PM-10PM then I won't do anything until I have to get ready to go to work.
Before finding out about this full time position, I was thinking about reducing my hours drastically so that I could focus more on myself and school assuming that I'd receive enough financial assistance through student loans. But, I don't know which option is better for me since I feel like I'd be sacrificing something either way. If I keep my current position as a part-time employee then I'd be sacrificing a sense of financial security, but if I get the full-time hours then I'd be sacrificing A LOT of my time. My bills and rent need to get paid regardless so with a part-time position I would just barely get by, but a full time position would allow me to save some more money.
I asked what the hours would be like, but my supervisor told me that the management team does not know what the hours will be like until later because it depends on what hours need additional coverage. My supervisor also responded by asking me if I'd prefer a morning, afternoon, or evening shift.
Also, I realize that taking on a part-time course load seems like an obvious answer, but it's not something that I want to do. I don't want to stay in school for such a long time or live in this city after August 2013...
So with all of that being said, how practical is a full time position while taking on a full time course load?