I have been working as a software developer at one particular company for a couple of years already and I'm now looking for a new place. When I started working there I was still a junior student in the university so I was employed at 30 hours work week (as opposed to 40 hours a week which is the norm in my country). However, I graduated from the university almost 2 years ago and I'm still employed at 30-hours workweek. The reasons for this are:
- the management of the company where I work sees no point in employing people full-time (i.e. 40 hours a week). They believe that the work done will be more or less the same whereas the payment will be higher (i.e. it will be a loss for them)
- after I graduated I got a relatively large salary + title promotion so I decided to stay at the company for a while longer
- I'm quite indecisive when it comes to such "big" decisions. I'm also a bit of a nerd / anxious person and hence scared about how will I get along with the people at a potential new place, so this also made me stay at the same company
- In the country where I live programmers are generally paid much more than the average person, so by working 30 hours a week I was actually making significantly more than the average guy in the country who is working 40+ hours a week whilst having great work life balance.
Now I have decided to interview for a new job at a few places, but I see the fact that I have never been employed full-time as some kind of a disadvantage. I have good experience in terms of projects and technologies I have worked with, but I'm a bit ashamed to tell people that I have only worked part-time. I have an excuse for the years when I was a student, but I am afraid I might be seen as a slacker for the past 2 years when I wasn't doing anything else other than working for this company. Any thoughts? How should I mention this? I feel that I should tell prospective employers about that.