Road-testing your career
Whilst temping is sometimes considered a less appealing option than permanent employment, it offers fantastic career benefits that you may not have thought of. It’s a great way to ‘road-test’ a variety of roles before settling on one, without looking like you have a lot of movement on your resume. It’s also an excellent way to learn new skills, make industry contacts and be exposed to an assortment of workplace environments.
Here are some career-orientated reasons to consider temping:
- Make fantastic industry contacts
Temping is like speed dating for gaining great industry contacts, fast! We all know how valuable industry networks are for your career and temping provides the opportunity to make an impression on business owners, other employees and possibly clients from each business you temp with.
- Explore the industry
Explore different aspects of the property industry in a short space of time that may take years and years if you were in permanent roles. For example, you may get exposure to both residential and commercial sides of the property industry as a temp, which is far harder to achieve as a permanent worker.
- Try before you buy
Work out what kind of business you want to work for. Temping allows you to explore the variety of structures, managerial styles and company cultures out there and to find out which ones suit you best.
- Broaden skills and experience
Temping offers the opportunity to broaden your skills and be exposed to a variety of industry software programs. Having an excellent working knowledge of software programs relevant to your discipline is often a minimum requirement for landing future roles in the property industry.
- Work out what you don’t want
Fine-tuning what you don’t want in your career is just as useful as knowing what you do want. Temping offers the chance to ‘try on’ a role for size, before committing to that choice in a more permanent fashion.
- From temp to perm
We find that temp jobs sometimes turn into a permanent offer of employment, especially if you impress the socks off your employer and you have the right skills and experience to boot.
If you are ambitious and looking for work in the property industry, consider temping as a useful stepping stone to achieving your career goals. You will not only gain valuable skills and contacts, but be able to explore the different flavours the industry has to offer. This will equip you well to make the right career choices going forward.