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    Posted October 6, 2012 by
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    The new American job: Part time?

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     GabsterWorld used to work a full-time marketing job before her elderly mother fell ill. She quickly became her mother's sole caregiver and close friend, but in return she had to let go of her full-time job, and she found that the only way to make ends meet financially was to work a series of part-time jobs online. She became a part-time online profession for undergraduate students, and supplemented her income with additional online writing jobs. She says she did not ever expect herself to be working part-time jobs at this point in her life. 'I expected myself to work part-time while I travel, but I never expected to begin traveling this late in the game,' she said. She transformed her changing employment status into a career opportunity. Working part-time, she was able to telecommute and fulfill one of her dreams of traveling more. 'Hopefully, when I'm done seeing the world, the economy will have recouped so that I can begin another phase in my life -- work full-time in a profession that I love,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Having an MBA, I never imagined I would be a part-time worker without a full-time job with benefits. I initially accepted an online faculty position to be able to travel but my dreams were placed on hold when my mother became ill. Due to the state of the economy, telecommuting privileges were revoked at my fulltime job and I was forced to give it up. I went into survival mode during that time and was a caregiver and Ebay seller while holding on to my part-time online teaching position. Four years later, I'm still an online adjunct instructor, develop websites (a skill I learned during my undergrad years), have my own e-commerce websites and write for an online media outlet. With four part-time telecommuting jobs (two of which I created), I am now ready to travel the world! :-)
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