I am sort of over-qualified, in that I ought (if following the usual career trajectory) to be in at least middle management by now, and earning quite a bit more.
However, it being that I am not a manager's left buttock, and I don't want to do it (though I find myself with the odd glimmerings of such a desire, but I have a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down whenever this occurs and I find that it goes away) I am pretty damn happy with this!
I have a clinically based senior position anyway, and that is cool with me. Our bosses are actually trying to get some of us classified upwards, and given that I consult statewide, I might even get it....perhaps. That'd be nice...but c'est la vie.
So you're saying that (of the options open to you in your field) that you're satisfied with a less "senior" position, doing the work you actually prefer?
I know of quite a few folk (some completely unsuited) who took the promotion/higher pay road at every opportunity, because "advancement " mattered to them more than anything else.
The other catch 22 - is that because he did not earn any income (the government looks at it as if not working) and we get zippo for deductions on our child care expenses ....
Now my job pays significantly less, but has shorter hours (i.e., normal working hours, rather than 12-14 hour days and on-call!), is usually much less stressful, and is only 10 minutes from home. Anyone who has coped with Sydney peak hour traffic would understand the benefits of that.
I miss the money - but don't miss the attendant dramas. I'm approaching retirement age, but I can probably continue to work here past then (and I'll need the cash). My previous job I certainly couldn't - you just burn out!
These are well-intentioned, hard-working people. Their lives are difficult. Neither family takes vacations. The adults seldom do anything to amuse themselves.
...Part-time work in the past two years has grown at its fastest pace in two decades. Almost one in three jobs these days is part time - a record. And the number of part-time jobs has been growing at a rate of more than 5 per cent since the middle of last year, more than twice the full-time growth rate.
The number of part-time jobs - those of less than 35 hours a week - tends to jump during downturns for a simple reason: bosses are more cautious. But in the 2008-09 downturn this trend had some features that distinguished it from what took place in previous recessions.
Usually full-time jobs take off once it is clear unemployment has peaked, but this time part-time work has kept soaring after the worst has passed (notwithstanding the news this week that part-time employment fell slightly last month).
Another surprise is the dwindling number of hours per job. Despite a steady rise in the number of jobs, average full-time hours are still at their depressed level of last August.