Part time employment – changing the way we do business

March 21, 2018

Why do corporations limit opportunities for part time workers?  I feel like I am being discriminated by a system that makes it challenging to find suitable work for my experience and education.  The work that is often offered is low pay, no benefits, and limited opportunities for advancement. It is really hard for me not to become discouraged.  I have health issues that make it difficult for me to work full time, yet it doesn’t mean I can’t be competent and valuable as a part time worker.

I keep hoping and praying for an opportunity to prove myself, to show that I am a competent, efficient, and creative.  I continue to educate myself, do more than the task at hand, and build relationships with the people around me. I believe that I become increasingly frustrated because I see this gap between how I am growing and developing and yet i still keep hearing “we don’t hire part time people for that position”.  It doesn’t matter what my capabilities are, there is a limit if you can’t work full time.

My real passion is in the social work field.  I love all aspects of what I call social services.  I am especially drawn to helping those with challenges – children who have been abused, or need an advocate, people who don’t have homes, or those with addictions and mental illnesses.  I enjoy the hands on experience, as well as assisting with goals, case management, or behind the scenes type of activities. I am very mission oriented – the purpose of the organization needs to be shown in the day to day activities.  

I will keep advocating, writing and trying to find a voice for myself.  At the same time, I aim to do this in the most respectful way possible. I have met some of the greatest people, who are heartfelt, yet are comfortable with the system as it is.  I don’t pretend to understand or know all the logistics to running a business. Though I have had some experience in contract type of work. I am open to hearing and listening to the business perspective.  Is there any way we can find something that benefits all?

I don’t want to be angry or bitter, and I am doing what I can to work through the various emotions that come up in relation to feeling like there is this box I can’t get out of.  I have always hated feeling boxed in – perhaps my early days of being put in a trunk. I absolutely love finding ways to do something that is outside of the norm. It expands my thinking and beliefs in something greater.  

I want to be an advocate.  I want to also find others that might help me find a way through this maze.  I believe that I can find a way to support myself, be more of who I am supposed to be, and create change in the way things are.  I want to do this with integrity, with hope, and with a mindset that continues to be open and interested in the people.

Grace and Peace

Elissa

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