You may be fresh out of university, or perhaps you’re looking for a change of career 10 years down the line, but is a job sharing ever a good idea? Unlike a part time role, a job-share entails responsibilities that are not purely your own, and can bring both added support and additional stress. The Timewise Foundation found that in 2015 just 0.28% of all UK jobs were job-shares; a small number, given the recent introduction of legislation encouraging workers to ask for flexible working options.
Given the rarity of such roles, are they really a good idea? Why not just choose a part time role? And how can you go about obtaining one of these coveted positions? We’ve put together a guide on job sharing to help you get a good idea of exactly what you’re signing up for.
Obtaining a job-share role
There are two ways to land yourself a job-share; either you apply for an advertised job-share position, or you ask your employer if you can turn your current full-time role into a job-share. You may feel wary approaching this topic; 79% of employees feel that they couldn’t ask their employer about flexible work without it having negative connotations on their employment. Handled in the right way, however, this conversation can improve your working environment and relations.
If you plan on approaching your boss about job sharing make sure to present the concept in the best possible light. Before you do so, however, consider the following:
The pros of Job sharing: What’s all the fuss about?
The cons of job sharing: some things to consider before leaping straight in
In all, job-sharing can be a brilliant way to obtain the stability of employment whilst having the flexibility to take on other projects or look after children. In order to make the most of your job-share, be flexible, talk to you partner and ensure that through comprehensive communication you both understand your respective responsibilities. Don’t be precious or possessive of your role, and be prepared to share the successes and the problems of the job in order to make the most of the experience.
Alexandra Jane is the writer and editor of graduate careers advice for Inspiring Interns, a graduate recruitment agency. Check out their website to see which internships and graduate jobs are currently available. Or, if you’re looking to hire an intern, have a look at their innovative Video CVs.
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