8 Steps to Help in Your Transition From a Part-Time Job to a Full-Time Job

By Brittany Hawes on September 10, 2017

Ah, the sweet transition from being a part-time worker to being a blessed-with-benefits full-time employee.

It’s a monumental step forward in your career path and one that should be celebrated. However, the transition from part-time to full-time employee will require you to make some adjustments in your personal schedule, mindset, and other areas of your life.

If you’re planning on transitioning from working a part-time job to a full-time job, the following eight steps will make success and happiness the outcome of this latest achievement in your life.

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1. Know what you’re signing up for

The first step in making this change is to know what changes to expect after taking the new job. The tasks you had at your part-time job might have been easier than the ones you’ll be completing at the full-time job you’re moving into now. Most part-time positions won’t have you work more than 20 hours every week while your new position could have you working anywhere from 30 to 45 hours every week.

A bigger chunk of your free time will have to be sacrificed to the “workforce powers-that-be” but now you’ve got some great benefits coming your way, such as a retirement plan, paid time off, and health insurance, just to name a few examples. You’ll most likely be getting a sizeable raise in your paycheck as well. Knowing what to expect can help to alleviate some of the stress of moving into a new position.

2. Prepare yourself for more responsibility

You might feel a little overwhelmed when you first start your job and that’s okay. Getting the hang of any new job, part-time or full-time, can be difficult during the first few weeks or even months. You will get the hang of it eventually. More responsibility is going to fall on you now that you’re in a full-time position but don’t be afraid or nervous about it. Embrace your new position and find a plan of action that works for you. As long as you work hard and get the job done, that’s what matters.

3. Learn better time management

The jump from 20 hours a week to 40 is going to mean an adjustment in your personal schedule. If you’re in school, you can start comparing your work and class schedule to find out which days and times will work best for study and homework days. Don’t forget to schedule time to be with friends and family whenever possible. It’s easy to get consumed by work and forget to make time for the people who matter in our lives.

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4. Don’t be afraid of standing out

I’ve seen and heard stories of employees who start a job so passionate and full of energy. After a few weeks, that energy dies down and it seems like all of that drive and determination went out the window. Don’t be that employee. Work hard every day. Don’t be afraid to stand out. In fact, seek to stand out and to be above average. If you have an opinion on a work subject that you think should be acknowledged, let it be known in a professional manner.

5. Focus on why you’re here

It’s easy to get caught up in workplace drama at a job but you should try your best to avoid it. Remember why you’re there and what you’re working for. Don’t let yourself be pulled into petty gossip among co-workers. Gossip can start rumors and rumors have no place in a professional workplace.

6. Find a balance between “you” time and work time

Our jobs can be a very big part of our lives. This can be said to be even more true for a full-time job. As a full-time employee, it may feel as though you’re spending more time at the job than you do at home or with your family or friends. It’s important to find a balance between your work time and time you take for yourself so you don’t get too drained.

If you do begin to feel drained or stressed, take a day to yourself. Spend time on your hobbies when you can, take a vacation when you can afford to, and make time to be with the people you love.

7. Reap the benefits

Don’t let your benefits and perks go to waste! I’ve heard stories of coworkers not using the hours of leave they were afforded at the beginning of the year and by the beginning of the following year, the hours were all gone. They didn’t carry over. If you can afford some time off, don’t feel guilty in doing so!

The same goes with other benefits. Look into the discounts offered on health insurance and if there’s a retirement plan, study it and decide if you think it’s what you want to do. You’ve earned these benefits by working hard to get hired. Enjoy being a full-time employee by using the benefits that your employees have provided for you!

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8. Be open to learning new things

Being a full-time employee doesn’t mean you’re going to know everything as soon as you walk into your job. In fact, you should be open to learning as much as you can from those around you. Pay attention during staff meetings, ask some questions if you’re unsure of any aspect of your job, and stay humble. There’s nothing wrong with learning from those who have been at the job longer than you. There might be a few coworkers who have been with the company for a long time who will have no issue with giving you a few insider tips to help you succeed.

Your transition from a part-time job to a full-time job can be an easy one if you keep these steps in mind. Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on your promotion!

Hi there! My name's Britt and I'm a senior majoring in English major at Florida State University. I have these crazy, big dreams of traveling the entire world and writing novels in my spare time. I love music, food, and the Japanese culture. I plan on teaching English in Japan upon graduation from Florida State. My first YA novel, Twisted, was published by Deep Sea Publishing Company in 2014. It won a Readers' Favorite Book Award that same year. Alongside schoolwork, I'm working hard on the second book in the Twisted series as well as a number of other novels.

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