Internships are often seen as the ultimate first step toward a successful career, but they’re not the only path to success.
What you may not realize is that a temporary job isn’t all that different from an internship— and can be just as valuable.
So if you’re considering an internship, why not consider a temporary job as well?
5 reasons temporary jobs are as beneficial as internships:
1. Grow your professional network.
Just like with internships, the people you meet while on a temporary assignment—be they a coworker or a supervisor—have the potential to positively impact your career.
You may receive valuable career advice, opportunities for mentorship, or even possible job opportunities.
At the very least, temp jobs can help you create a list of professional references. That’s a huge advantage, especially when you’re just starting out.
2. Build your resume.
Getting a long-term job without formal work experience is not always easy.
Internships can help someone gain experience and leverage it in a resume.
So can temp work.
There is a lot of valuable on-the-job experience to gain from a temporary role that can be incorporated in your resume. You can also work more temp assignments than internships, helping you build a more robust resume.
3. Develop your skill set.
Both internships and temporary work can give you the chance to learn new skills and grow professionally.
Since temp work by nature is short-term, there is the potential to acquire even more skills across a variety of industries.
All of this experience could help you be successful in a future role.
4. Work with some well-known brands.
Internships are often associated with big brands.
What you may not realize is that a lot of big-name employers offer temporary work as well.
These temp jobs could open the door to opportunities you might not have had otherwise—and they can add a level of prestige to your resume.
5. Discover what you want and what you don’t want.
When you’re not sure what kind of job or work you want to pursue, interning and temping are a great way to find out.
And they’re low-commitment. So, if you’re even remotely interested in exploring a job, an industry, or an employer, it’s a great way to “sample” a job.
Who knows? You may find something you love. And even if you don’t, it’s still valuable experience that can be applied to future jobs.
Don’t underestimate the value of a temporary job. It can be just as beneficial as an internship. In the end, it comes down to what works best for you and your career aspirations.
If you’re curious about what temporary opportunities may be available to you, consider contacting a staffing agency. They’re a great resource.
You can talk through your professional goals and what you’re looking for with a recruiter. Staffing agencies typically work with a lot of different employers in many industries and can connect you with great opportunities that you might not have considered otherwise.
In fact, some employers only hire their employees through staffing agencies. When you partner with a staffing agency, you have someone in your corner who can advocate for you.
Interested in a temporary job? Check out our job board to learn what employment opportunities might be available to you.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re looking for a job in your field and want some support.