As busy parents it’s tricky to balance the need to work with the need to care for our family. When children come along many decide to seek out part time jobs to offer a better work-life balance. But what are the best part time jobs and how can you find them? Read on for some suggestions.
The easiest part time jobs to find won’t automatically be the best job for you. Think about your skills and what you enjoy doing… for example, are you organised? Do you like working with the public? Is your career background in a certain area?
The easiest part time jobs to get are those that you are well qualified for and experienced in. By applying for this kind of part time job you have a much better chance of success.
How to find part time jobs
The good news is that there are more part time jobs today than ever, as employers are increasingly recognising that part time workers are as motivated and as focused as full time employees – if not more!
Most job sites will let you do a specific part time job search, so it’s easy to narrow down the opportunities.
What kind of part time jobs are available?
Most jobs these days can be done part time so there’s a huge range of options in lots of different sectors. Here are just a few typical types of jobs where there are lots of part time roles:
Administration. If you have an office background an admin or PA role might suit you. Your part time hours will probably be within the normal working day which is useful if your children are at school or nursery. You can often find job share opportunities in this sector – where you share a full time role with another employee so are both able to work part time.
Construction and property. There are lots of part time roles related to the property industry, from estate agency work to surveying and construction site work.
Accountancy and finance. If you have a background in finance there are many part time jobs in companies of all sizes. You might be part of an accounting team within an organisation or part of a finance practice working with numerous clients.
Customer service and call centres. For those with good communication skills part time jobs helping customers with their enquiries are quite common – either face to face or over the phone.
Healthcare or medical. Hospitals and other healthcare organisations are a huge employer in the UK. You don’t always need health experience to land a part time role in this sector. The care sector, for example, almost entirely runs on shift basis and are very willing to accommodate part time workers.
Hospitality and catering. One of the traditional sectors for part time roles. There are lots of options from cooking and baking to waitressing and bar service.
Sales. Most companies have some form of sales function – whether it’s in a retail store, over the phone or as a travelling rep. If you’re target driven and a good persuader, this could be a great part time option for you.
Social care. This can be a rewarding yet challenging sector to work in. Opportunities range from working as a care assistant for the elderly or disabled through to social work.
Teaching. Many parents choose to retrain as teachers or teaching assistants, and there are usually part time opportunities on offer in schools and the higher education sector.
A quick search on the workingmums.co.uk jobs board will show that there are thousands of part time jobs available – it’s just a question of matching them to your interests and experience.