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The present and the future

By Marina London

It used to be that part time employment was synonymous with burger flipping and waitressing and the idea of a flexible job was the stuff of fantasy. But now, in the 21st century, interesting, professional part time and flexible jobs are becoming increasingly available.

When Cathy’s first child was a few months old she realized that pursuing her legal career without burning the midnight oil required changing jobs. Luckily for her, she easily found a part time real estate attorney position that allowed her to balance her work life with her new family responsibilities. As soon as Jim turned 55, he had the financial means to retire from his CFO job at a Fortune 1000 corporation. However, the prospect of playing golf 24/7 in a retirement community did not appeal. Instead he is now working as a part-time Adjunct Accounting Instructor. After Rick graduated from college, he decided to get an MBA but needed additional money to pay his tuition. He now spends 15 hours a week working as a technical proofreader for an engineering company at a nearby university.

To find their positions, Cathy, Jim and Rick turned to the web where cutting edge Internet resources enabled them to find that much-prized commodity – a part time or flexible job. They scrolled through hundreds of job postings reviewing such diverse offerings as an animation job with Nickelodeon Studios, a research science position at a prestigious institute and an MD reviewer position for an insurance firm. While there are many colorful and varied part time opportunities, the major employers of part time and flexible workers are health care, financial services, retail and hospitality companies. Job seekers who are open to working in these industries and are able to target their resumes and skill sets will have an easier time finding a career opportunity. In today's marketplace, individuals with a sales or marketing background, with health care credentials or computer skills will typically find the most openings.

Over the course of the next 10 years key demographic trends should further incentivize companies to offer even more high-level part time and flexible jobs. Specifically, active and health conscious Baby Boomers are not going to retire like previous generations. In fact, faced with an average life expectancy approaching 90, they aren’t going to retire at all. Instead, they will look to change their careers or continue their careers and work fewer hours. A well-educated generation with high expectations, Boomers are beginning to demand alternative employment opportunities and finding them. In addition, there are insufficient numbers of Generation X to replace retiring Baby Boomers. This means that to fill their staffing needs for trained employees, companies will be forced to change their attitudes toward part time and flexible work and make many more opportunities available. Today, individuals looking to have a more manageable or fulfilling schedule are already fortunate, able to access an exciting diversity of jobs with the prospect of many more openings in the very near future.



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Marina London is President of ePartTimeJobs.com, an online job recruitment advertising site focused on the part time job market. She is a human resource professional with expertise in Internet recruiting, cyber-resources and web content development.

Marina’s web knowledge was acquired through years of human resource consulting to computer industry giants (IBM and Digital), marketing firms (AZ Marketing), financial service organizations (Furman Selz) and many others.

Marina is also the author of numerous training manuals and publications. One of her professional journal articles, “Cyber Resources for EAPs”, published in EAP Digest, was the first to describe the e opportunities available to Employee Assistance Program executives.

Marina is an accomplished speaker and has presented at national industry conventions.

Marina has a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Psychology from Yale University and a Master of Science from Columbia University. She is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a member of the Society For Human Resource Management.

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