Karren Brady’s career advice for women who want part-time work but want a leadership role

APPRENTICE star and West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady answers your career questions and meets an inspirational CEO.

She advises a woman who aspires to a leadership role while maintaining part-time jobs.

Fabulous' Bossing It columnist Karren Brady answers your career questions


Fabulous’ Bossing It columnist Karren Brady answers your career questionsCredit: Mark Hayman

Q) I have a part-time admin role in the public sector. I would like to develop professionally but would like to keep my part-time hours.

The problem is that the majority of the senior positions I see are full-time.

If I meet all the criteria given, should I state in my application that I am looking for a part-time job and risk not being shortlisted for an interview for otherwise perfect jobs, or should I only bring it up once I’m through? the round of introductions?

Wendy, via email

A) Recently more and more companies have started to see the benefits of a four day work week for their employees as they believe that productivity and team morale is higher than a five day week so I think this is a valid question , which they should ask a potential employer .

If you meet all the criteria for a job, there’s nothing wrong with applying if that’s the only thing holding you back.

But in the next phase of the process, be ready to discuss the requirements of the role and whether it can be fulfilled with a part-time contract.

Be selective about the jobs you apply for – for example, if it sounds like a demanding position where you lead a large team, they may need you in the office five days a week, so would they do not consider changing jobs part-time.

You need to explain how you can achieve your goals in less time and provide examples of how to work smart and succeed.

When you focus on showing them why they would be missing out if they didn’t hire you, you’re giving yourself the best chance of success. Much luck.

  • Have a career question for Carts? Email bossingit@fabulousmag.co.uk.

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