Modern Life

12 Sep

I got a letter from a friend recently, in which she talked about the three part time jobs she has.  It was in a positive vein, as they are all things she enjoys.  I have been thinking about this though, as a person who has several part time jobs herself.  Is this the way life is now?  I’m too old/lazy to keep up on all the happenings in job seeking and whatnot, but I fear that the days of one job, at least at the start of your career, are over.

This is a problem, right?  Though myself and the friend are ok with cobbling together a sort of living, it can be super stressful.  Benefits?  Not with part time work.  Paid time off?  Not likely.  First to be fired?  Yep.  And for me, if I stop teaching at the college then I would also lose my job writing for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Double whammy.

This is what I’m thinking about today.  Change.  Stability.  Life being hard for most everyone. 

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One Response to “Modern Life”

  1. Liz September 13, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    My friend, Becky, lives off 3 part-time jobs. Se makes no money, has no benefits, and is at the mercy of her employers to not rock theboat in any way- even to protect her rights- because she can’t survive without any of those jobs. In the yime it would take her to find a new one, she would already be too far behind to ever catch up. It is sad.

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