Over the last several years, I have been asked a countless number of questions about working part-time. How did I get them to let me do it? How could you get off the “career track”? How can you do your job part-time? What made you decide to do it? Will you ever go back full-time? And the list goes on…
Before I had Myles, my career was my top priority (along with my marriage). I had held four positions in five years and I loved every minute of it. A corporate relocation to
had let us live our dream to live in the big city for a while, and brought us back home, just as we had hoped. I wanted a baby, but there was no way it would change how I felt about work. I wondered how I would manage all of the travel that I did, but I knew I would find a way. A great husband and a daycare I trusted, and I could continue to climb the corporate ladder with a baby in tow, no problem. Chicago
Then, I saw him. I still cannot fully explain what happened to me. Maybe some sort of short in my system. I tried, but I couldn’t fix it. I had to find a way to stay home with him, at least a few days of the week.
Looking back, I still can’t believe what I did next. Despite the exhaustion of a newborn, I decided that becoming a real estate agent was the only way I could stay home, at least part-time. Honestly, I assumed that working part-time for my current employer just wasn’t an option. I travelled quite a bit, and as a product manager for the largest accounts that my division sold to, there was just no way (at least that I could see) that they would allow me to work part-time. What if my customer called? It’s not like they could just wait until tomorrow! So, during every sleeping moment Myles had, I studied and took an online class to get my real estate license. I took the test and made a plan to leave a company that I loved, for more time with Myles. Financially, it was going to be tough. Really tough. BUT – we could work it out, I was sure of it.