I’ve been diagnosed 6 years and I’m still working full time. I travel a lot through work but I’m worried I won’t be able to keep it up much longer. I work for a very small organisation and as I’m senior management they expect me to do evening and weekend work too. I do work from home twice a week but the days I do go into the office are usually over 12 hour days and this month I’ve already worked two 6 day weeks. When I come home I often just have a bite to eat and go straight to bed - it’s not much fun.
I’m thinking about changing my job but I work in a very niche sector and to be honest most of the jobs end up being like this especially at my level. I’m worried about applying for less senior jobs and having to explain why, but I know I can’t keep going at this pace. They are quite a good organisation but I don’t feel I can ask for anything more (two days a week at home was very generous of them) and I know they need someone who can keep going at this pace to keep the company going.
Ideally I would work maybe three days a week but part time jobs, especially well paid senior ones, are so rare. I’m thinking of going freelance so I can pick and choose when I work, but the friends I have who are freelance tell me it’s even harder work than being employed as you’re always chasing new work / contracts.
I don’t know what to do. I’m the major breadwinner in the family so I’m feeling the pressure, but I feel like I’m asking for trouble if I don’t change something.
Any advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.