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Part-time work - the end of a career?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by mezzo, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Without wanting to go into too many details (for fear of being identified) should I just accept that, as I'm part-time, my career is pretty much over? I work 0.6 (three full days a week) - the dept I'm in is quite 'old' as in the other staff are fast approaching retirement. When drawing up timetables for each academic year I'm given majority KS3 classes, not an issue at all, and if I'm lucky the odd KS4 or 5 lesson. This has been the situation for the past three years. I am worried that if I tried to get a job in another school I would be virtually unemployable based on the number of years taugh (nearly a decade so fairly high up on the pay scale) and my recent lack of exam class access/results. Added to this - I find out today I'm being denied training within the dept (sorted by HoD) because I'm part-time. Is this normal and to be expected?!

    Thank you.
  2. 'Career'....the concept that you get ever more pay and become increasingly important from the age of 22 till 65.
    Well, it might have worked out that way for a small minority. I honestly think most of us 'work for a living' with the emphasis on the living. I worry that 'career' makes people feel justified in looking down on people who just have 'jobs'. I have seen lots of people make themselves and others very sad and ill trying to follow a 'career path'. The answer to your post lies in three places: one is the bottom line of your bank balance, another is in your personal / family happiness, and the third is inside your head where you decide how you view yourself and the world.
  3. old grey wolf you are very wise x
  4. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    It is so sad when you see a very competent teacher being ignored, talked down to, denied interesting/important CPD and occasionally bullied because they are part time. I make a point of being ultra supportive of the teacher in this situation in our school. It feels like they are being treated like a lesser member of staff when they are extremely good at their job for 3 days of the week.
  5. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    That's so nice to hear, Greta. I'm lucky to have similar colleagues who treat me well.
  6. I wanted to pop back and thank people for their replies.

    It is about work/life balance and having the time at home with my baby IS important and I'm not prepared to give that up (I was pt before I started a family btw)

    Indeed, this concept of a career - I'm very happy just being a 'teacher'....I say 'Just' but I'm sure people will know what I mean! I've no desire to manage people or juggle numbers! So, to a certain extent maybe I ought to put up and shut up...my only worry is, as a teacher in quite a specialist area, there is training that would be beneficial so perhaps I ought to push more for this?

    thanks again for some erudite responses.
  7. Gardening Leaves

    Gardening Leaves New commenter

    It is unlawful to discriminate against part-time workers. The Part-TIme Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000 prohibit the less favourable treatment of any part-time worker by:
    • having a less-favourable term in his/her contract than a full-time employee;
    • being subjected to any other detriment by any act or deliberate omission by his employer.
    This means you cannot be denied access to training because you are part-time. (It is lawful to provide some benefits pro rata.)
    All complaints of discrimination are dealt with in Employment Tribunal.
    Time to give your union a ring!

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