WANTING IT ALL: In my experience, when you try to turn a full-time job into a part-time one, you tend to lose all the fun bits and be left with the boring bits,

WANTING IT ALL: In my experience, when you try to turn a full-time job into a part-time one, you tend to lose all the fun bits and be left with the boring bits, - I have worked part-time twice during my career. On neither occasion did it work out. The fir

by DEBBIE SANDFORD, formerly worked at McKinsey and Random House

I have worked part-time twice during my career. On neither occasion did it work out. The first time, I was a management consultant at McKinsey and, after my first child was born, returned there to work four days a week. Three months later my timesheets showed an average 55-hour working week.

As I was fully occupied with baby Tess on my day off, work really was crammed into four days and it was ugly - you can do the maths. McKinsey very decently backpaid me for the extra day, but this wasn't really the point.

I had also taken a project role that I was probably too comfortable with. This meant that while working furiously to deliver, I was, if not exactly bored, then certainly not challenged by what I was doing - a recipe for disaster. I left and went to work a full-time 55 hours a week in book publishing - as exciting as it was completely new.

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