I’ve been seeing a lot of postings for part time assistant positions. Is this the new wave of employment/new way of business since the economy is still in the crapper (articles writing about how the unemployment level is not at 5.5% more like 9%) and Hollywood tightening the belt everywhere?
That being said, Id like your opinion: I am working as a long term temp (no idea when this assignment ends or if they will hire me as permanent employee). As a full time temp, I am making more than minimum wage BUT its not in the industry. I just got an interview for a part time PA/Admin for a production company…. should I seriously consider these part time positions or wait until its full time… giving up a full time paycheck for the possibility that something could/no guaranteed turn to something further down the road?
There are so many people who desperately want to break into this business, it’s easy for unscrupulous people to abuse them. That could mean having interns do production assistants’ jobs, not paying overtime, or, as with Eric’s question, only hiring you part time.
To be frank, that’s the lesser of three evils. And to be even more honest, this might actually be a good sign.
Think about it. Why aren’t they just hiring interns? Probably because all of the good interns are taken, and to get somebody who can really do the job, they know they have to pay. They don’t have a ton of money, so it’s not full time, but it is pay. A little is better than nothing.
On to Eric’s specific situation. It’s tough, because you can’t buy groceries with “potential growth opportunities.” You can’t pay rent with “connections.”
But on the other hand, every day you spend away from the Industry makes it that much harder to get back into it. You need to stay in touch with people, or they’ll forget about you and move on to the next assistant who’s actually there.
Sometimes, you have to gamble on your future. Can you suffer now in order to make it later on? That’s not really a decision I can make for you. But I am pretty sure you’re not getting anywhere as an assistant in a different industry.