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Richard Branson? What the heck? I promise, it’s relevant. Watch from about 1:00 to 2:10. 

It’s been two years since I left my job at the Alumni Association. It really doesn’t feel like that long ago. I still remember copier codes, inside jokes, meeting times and annual deadlines. It’s funny, some days I feel like I could walk in and pick up back up where I left off. But I know I’ve changed in big ways in the past two years that make it unlikely that I’ll ever go back to a 9-5 desk job.

I’m so happy for my cousin, Rachel, who recently made a change in her career. She left her job at a boutique PR firm in DC to go back to nannying, the job she’d had while she was in grad school. It’s a scary jump to make— to leave the track you’ve carved out for yourself and imagine something different. Rachel is one of the most kind and caring people you could ever hope to meet so it seems only natural that she’d spend her time taking care of other people. Her new schedule also gives her time to write and blog on the side, so she’s able to freelance and exercise her creative talents. You can check out samples of her writing on her blog.

Now, getting back to Richard Branson. I wanted to share that clip because I think he explains the idea of “job sharing” and the merits of working part time very well. I cannot speak highly enough about the peace and balance that a part-time work schedule has brought to my life. I feel like I am able to contribute to and interact with my community on a daily basis and also contribute an equal amount of time (if not more) to myself, Ryan, our health and home, and our friends and family. I’m aware that working part-time is not possible for everyone, and I would not be able to maintain my schedule without Ryan’s support, but I hope that as our generation continues to move further and higher into the ranks of the work force, we’ll continue to consider and adapt to alternative work schedules. 

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