If you are between permanent roles or are looking to work for a short period of time due to travelling constraints, studying or family commitments, temporary work can provide the perfect solution. Beyond the practical benefits of working in short term positions, temping has many other aspects that can impact positively upon your lifestyle and improve your career prospects.
Finding temporary work is generally less stressful than finding a permanent position. Because of the short length of contracts there is a higher turnover of temporary workers, meaning opportunities are more readily available. Temporary workers are always in demand, and very often a long interview process isn’t required.
When working on a temp payroll, your salary will be paid weekly. Many temps find this much easier to handle than a monthly salary as it allows them to make plans in the short term, a particular benefit when travelling. In addition, a salary for a temp role is often higher than its permanent equivalent.
Pick Up Skills
Thinking about the future of your career, the skills you will pick up as a temp are likely to be varied - adding essential strings to your bow. Different work cultures employ different processes, allowing you to pick up knowledge and skills as you go from one company to another.
You’ll also benefit from using different software packages, meaning you can add weight to your CV. You’ll be trained up on these packages, and this kind of liaison can be treated as the easiest form of networking. Your temporary manager will see what you’re capable of and if you impress other opportunities may become available.
Experience Different Work Cultures
Working as a temp will result in you working within different working environments for short periods of time. This enables most temps to obtain a good understanding of the attitudes that are contained within different work cultures. Media companies are often very different in culture to investment banks, for example, and even within industries there are subtle differences, for instance, an entertainment company may have a very different working environment to a broadcasting firm.