CNN PRODUCER NOTE michelleasci has a Bachelor's degree in photography, but she works part-time at a movie theater, and has been doing so since 2005. She says even though part-time allows for flexible hours, she would like to have a full-time job. 'There’s never a steady time when I know I’ll have enough hours to pay the bills and at the movie theater it changes from week to week,' she said. She says a majority of her friends are in the same employment situation as she is in, but despite working part-time she says she is happy overall. 'I’m a positive person and if I’m at the movie theater for another year I’ll survive,' she said.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
I began working at a movie theater when I was sixteen in order to earn money for college. Now after earning a Bachelors of Fine Art degree I find myself employed, but in the same part time movie theater job as before. While having the same job for seven years is slightly depressing, I always know things could be worse. It’s discouraging to know my degree basically amounted to nothing, but it pushes me to do more and branch out. Apart from the part time movie theater position, I also volunteer at the High Museum of Art, I work freelance photography jobs, and I recently started working at a haunted house to earn some extra money. I knew a fine art degree would be hard to get a stable job with, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the massive competition each job posting comes with.
Part time is both a blessing and a curse. I have the freedom that allows me to pursue many opportunities, but it’s unstable, offers no benefits, and is financially stressful. The fact of the matter is I’m underemployed, and my skills are going to waste. If working at a movie theater for a little bit longer leads me to my dream job it’ll be worth the wait, but until then I’ll continue serving popcorn and making sure customers are happy first.