Gita Mishra and Lisa Milne (2002) 'Young Women, Work
and Inequality: Is It What They Want or What They Get? An
Australian contribution to research on women and workforce
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Received: 27/9/2002 Accepted: 26/9/2002 Published: 22/10/2002
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I think you are what you do these days where your work is a big part of yourself... so, because it takes up so much of your time, it's really important to do something you enjoy and something that is a career as opposed to just a place you go every day to earn money.
What appeals to me about full time work is being able to do something I enjoy for a large period of my time. If you enjoy your job then you'd like to be doing it all the time. There is also the issue of financial stability, which is kind of necessary!
I just generally really like work... I really enjoy work and the stimulation and the work environment. I've actually done quite a lot of part time work in the past and I've found that full time work is a lot more rewarding and you can keep on top of things a lot better.
I'm the sort of person...well, I guess I'm career oriented and want to do well and... there's probably this perception that you need to be in full-time work to really get into it and get somewhere.
I guess it's not so much the full time paid work ... it's more the career that is important and with what I am going to do (television production) I assume that I'll be in full time work if I'm going where I want to be going in my career.
I don't think you can really have the same sort of career aspirations through part time work. It seems like most employers regard part time employees as only half committed and that they (the employees) are just there for the money rather than that they are actually dedicated to the job.
I'd prefer to be married with children.... I just think it's a more stable sort of situation for children. It's better if you can have two influences on your child and preferably the influences that created the child in the first place would be good. That would be the best situation I think you could choose for your child.
We're living together at the moment and we've got ourselves set up... with dogs and all that sort of stuff so.... If I'm going to have kids I want to be married before I have kids. (Interviewer: Why do you feel it's important to be married before you have kids) I think it's just the way I've been brought up.
Well... I mean I primarily want to be married because I want to have children and I feel that it's probably best to have two stable parents... Yeah I wouldn't want to get married for my own security... it'd matter more if I were to have children I think it would be in their better interests to have a more stable sort of home.
Being married...I guess having someone there to support you as well...and be there with you. You're not on your own.
Just sort of having a partner that you can share your life experiences with...you know...sort of having a like really close friend almost.
Probably companionship. It's just nice to think that you hopefully have married someone that you want to spend the rest of your life with.
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I'd like to win lotto and not work at all (laughs) but part time would be pretty ideal.
I'm hoping to have kids so I don't think I cannot work at all ... I just hate working five days and travelling. I know we have to do it (work) but I just think there is more to life. I'd like to have kids but not like to work full time I mean I'd like not to work at all but I think just our circumstances wouldn't allow us to have just one person working.
To be honest with you, I don't really have ambitions to be a businesswoman ... before I had but now since I got my job, it's too hard.... You don't have any time for a social life ....you just have to work and I think... what's your life for if you're just going to work and work. You have to enjoy life as well and I'm planning to have kids so I don't want to be like full time working. I want time for the children and for myself.
I get very stressed under too much responsibility so my career change would be something where I feel I don't feel I have so much responsibility to people that I seem to have in a teaching career.
I guess I'm looking for something that's a little less stressful ... and also, I'll probably look for a job that I don't have to come home from work and constantly be thinking of work all the time which is what I feel like I'm doing. You know, I come home and I've got work to do and it's a never ending cycle and I feel like I'm chasing my tail all the time and never getting to where I need to be... but I guess I'm a bit disillusioned in jobs and prospects and career at the moment and so that's sort of where I'm looking at now ... maybe that's why I'm turning to home and gardening and maybe even looking at children kind of thing.
I just think it's sort of a natural progression, you know, to use your experience and also to bring about some of your own ideas and vision about how things could operate I think you can do that better from a management position (obviously).
I guess I don't see what marriage gives you that you don't have in a relationship and I suppose I have a lot of negative connotations with the whole idea of marriage. It just seems like ... I mean it's a social construct but it's not one that I feel any particular affinity for. I don't necessarily think that having it sort of formalised in a marriage context is necessarily important or is necessarily something that I want in my relationship
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