Among the many rewards of parenthood may be the time when children become fully independent and ready to leave the nest. This week’s FlexJobs success story focuses on a parent who, upon becoming an empty nester, seized the moment to look for flexible work that suited her new life.
An empty nest was just one of the changes Janice G. was facing. A geographic move was also in the offing, so Janice decided to find a flexible job that could move with her. As a FlexJobs member, she found a part-time, remote job as an online evaluator.
Janice was hired by Lionbridge, a global company that provides language translation, content, marketing expertise, multilingual websites, and localization services to a worldwide clientele. She is one of the thousands of FlexJobs members who’ve found success across 50 different job categories.
Life Transitions Fuel Job Search
A baby boomer who lives in Boston, Massachusetts, Janice described how a transitional period in her life helped to drive her job search. “My children were finishing college and we sold our home and moved into the city,” she said.
As she launched her job search, Janice also was looking for work that allowed her flexibility that wasn’t dependent on geographic location. “I began to look for a flexible job that would allow me to spend more time at our summer cottage,” she said.
A Job with Location-Independent Flexibility
Another big change that was underway for Janice was a career transition to a different field. “Not only did I move, but after many years in the medical field I was looking to make a change,” she said. Like Janice, many job seekers looking for greater flexibility are also in the midst of a midlife career change that can put them on an entirely different path.
A different and better way of working was exactly what Janice found, and she’s pleased with her newfound work flexibility. “I can work anytime [it] suits me and from any location, as long as I have my laptop and access to the Internet,” Janice said.
Janice’s flexible job also allows her to be more readily available to juggle caregiving duties, she said. “It also allows me the flexibility to be available as needed for an aging parent,” Janice told us.
Inspiring Insights for Other Job Seekers
For Janice, daily dedication to her search for flexible work was key. “I found it most helpful to check the emails every day and look at all the options that appeared and then to research the company,” she said. “If it was something that was of interest to me, I could easily apply for a position. It also took time and patience.”
Overall, Janice’s FlexJobs experience offered her a level of confidence-boosting assurance, thanks in no small part to knowing that all the flexible positions on our site have been fully vetted by FlexJobs staff. “The job postings and companies have been checked so that it is the real thing and not some kind of scam,” Janice said.
As a career changer, Janice had looked for work in her previous field with a goal in mind of finding true work flexibility. “I was really hoping to find a flexible and remote job and there really isn’t anything in my former line of work,” she said. “But through FlexJobs, I was able to find something.”
Paying for a FlexJobs membership proved to be a good investment in reaching her career goals, Janice said. “For a very reasonable fee, [FlexJobs] provides access to so much more information than I would be able to find on my own.”
If you’re looking for a flexible job for the same reasons as our FlexJobs success story, or for a different one altogether, FlexJobs can help you find your next professional role. We have jobs listed in over 50 different career areas, so there’s likely to be something that fits your needs.
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