Flexible Options for Professionals

There are many ways in which flexible and part-time working can help you fulfil both your professional career and personal lifestyle needs. This is especially true if you’re returning to work after having kids or if you’ve had a career break. See if you find yourself in one of the following situations:

 

Part-time Professional
“I want to continue my career and use my skills but work fewer hours…”

Your Situation

You may be considering a return to work after a career break or opting out of full-time hours. But either way, you want – or need – to work reduced hours. And one of your overriding needs is to continue your career path in your chosen profession.

The Flexible Fix

Every month, more businesses turn to flexible or part-time employees to affordably meet the needs of their business. So there are opportunities for you to meet both your career and personal needs. There’s a variety of flexible formats that might work. to get you started.

 

'Step-Back' Professional
“I want to use my skills but perhaps not at the level I used to be…”

Your Situation

Perhaps you’ve been out of the workplace for a few years? Or maybe you’re looking for a rewarding role, but without the stresses and long hours that came with your previous roles.

The Flexible Fix

Many businesses – especially younger, growing companies – need experienced professionals to support and administer their organisation. You might want to use your experience and organisational skills in an administrative role that uses your knowledge of finance, marketing or HR.

 

Flexible Full-Time
“I’m happy to do full-time hours but really need some flexibility…”

Your Situation

You’re still able or want to work full-time hours, but some job flexibility in your working pattern would make life a little easier. Perhaps in your existing job or if you’re looking for something new.

The Flexible Fix

Staggered hours (e.g. starting early and finishing early), compressed hours (e.g. full-time hours worked in four days) or working from home (eliminating the commute) might just be the solution for you. Many employers will offer this type of flexibility when they know full-time hours can be fulfilled.

 

Contract Professionals
“I’d like the flexibility offered by contract work rather than commit to long-term permanent employment…”

Your Situation

Your skills and experience are very valuable and in demand. You like taking on chunky, busy projects but you’d still like some job flexibility. Maybe you haven’t got day-to-day restrictions on your time, but occasionally some longer periods of time off would help.

The Flexible Fix

Many professionals offer their professional services on fixed-term contracts (full or part-time hours). Perhaps it’s a project within a business that needs additional or specialist skills or cover for an absent employee. One, three or six month projects are common, and you can be ‘employed’ on a contract or work through your own Limited Company.

 

Non-Executive Support and Mentoring
“I’d like to use my higher level expertise and experience to help a business grow…”

Your Situation

You may have reached the top of the tree, and you’re keen to use the considerable management experience or specialist skills you’ve spent years developing.

The Flexible Fix

Working with a senior team or senior executive to provide high-level business guidance and support might be the solution. Working informally as a business mentor or more formally as a Non-Executive Director (NED) to one or more companies that can use your skills to the fullest. From a day or two a month, to a few hours every week, you can give value to your client whilst achieving the job flexibility you need.

 

Freelance Creative
“I’m a creative professional. I want variety from different projects but I want real flexibility in my working week and employment status…”

Your Situation

You’ve probably had a career as a graphic designer, web developer, journalist or editor working within an agency, media company or publisher. But now you want the ability to determine your own schedule and perhaps build a business of your own.

The Flexible Fix

Freelancing is one of the most popular ways of offering creative skills – there are nearly 1.5m freelancers in the UK. Set yourself up in self-employment. Or if you’re more ambitious, set up a Limited Company – some clients need this for tax purposes. Offer your creative skills to clients on an hourly, daily or project basis. You’ll need to build a portfolio of past work and start networking with past contacts and local businesses.

 

If you find yourself looking for flexible or part-time work in any of these scenarios, it’s worth registering with us today. We’ll try to find a role that meets your professional and personal needs. Learn more about registering and becoming a Ten2Two Member here.

We’ve also put together a simple table of flexible working options. At Ten2Two, we support professionals and employers across all flexible formats. As long as there’s some job flexibility we can help. Get in touch today by finding your nearest office now.