Even part-timers with college degrees find they do not have the education or skill set to get the full-time jobs they want.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are seven million people on average working part time jobs for “economic reasons”, which means they are working part time because they can’t get full time jobs.
Careerbuilder.com completed a survey recently in which they asked part-time workers if they want to work full time, and 32 percent of them said “Yes.’’ Among that group of respondents, 31 percent said they were the sole breadwinners for their family, and 39 percent said they have difficulty paying their bills as part-time workers. Twenty-five percent of the part-time workers surveyed work two or more jobs.
The part-time workers questioned by Careerbuilder.com explained why they could not get a full-time job. Fifty-four percent said there are fewer jobs in their field than before the recession, making the job hunt more difficult, while 51 percent said they did not have the skills necessary for the in-demand jobs that exist currently.
Just over 30 percent said they were not able to look for a full-time job on a regular basis because of their part-time commitments.
Although 27 percent of the part-time workers looking for full-time work had college degrees, 29 percent said they did not have the necessary education to get the job they wanted. Forty percent of part-time workers had a high school degree or less.
Sixty-two percent of part-time workers said they would take an unpaid internship for a period of time in order to prove they deserve a full-time position.
The effects of working part-time when a full-time position is desired or needed are vast. Thirty-one percent of part-time workers have downgraded their lifestyles, including owning a cheaper car or a smaller house; 29 percent have borrowed money from family or friends, and 22 percent have moved back in with their parents.
Twenty-two percent of part-time workers have suffered depression and 14 percent have experienced health issues related to their anxiety over not working full-time.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.