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How a temp job can kick-start your career
Since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, the graduate jobs market in Australia has been a tougher landscape. Although 70.9% of graduates were in full-time employment four months after graduating in 2016 – up from 68.8% the previous year – this figure is still much lower than the 85.2% of graduates employed in the same timeframe in 2008.
While the graduate jobs market remains competitive, the good news is that opportunities for temporary and contract roles have increased by 12% year-on-year, according to the latest data from SEEK Employment Trends. What’s more, 75% of Australian organisations surveyed in the Page Personnel Salary & Employment Outlook report said they employer contractors, whilst 70% of those who don’t are willing to consider it.
So, while there are plenty of temp and contract job opportunities out there for graduates, what are the benefits? Let’s take a look.
Build up your network
One of the biggest hurdles entry-level workers and graduates face when entering the jobs market is the lack of connections within their field. Taking on a temp role is an easy way to get your foot in the door and get to know professionals in your field who could go on to refer for you another job down the track.
Learn transferrable skills
While the skills you learnt at school or university are a good starting point for a professional career, many employers want to see candidates who have on-the-job experience before committing to hiring them on a permanent basis. Taking on a contracting position or temp job is an opportunity to pick up new skills that you can take with you to future workplaces. Practical experience looks great on a resume and helps prove your real-world value to potential employers.
Trying different short-term projects can help you formulate clearer career goals and ensures you’re well placed to find a permanent job you really want.
Find a mentor
If you establish a good rapport with a manager or co-worker while on a temporary assignment, approaching them to see if you can shadow them can lead to you learning from their experience and establishing a mutually beneficial professional relationship. Even some of the most senior workers turn to colleagues for advice and support, as it allows for professional growth and collaboration – positives for workers of any seniority.
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Find out what you want to do
If you’ve recently graduated and you’re not completely sure about what you want to do (which is all too common), taking on a temp job means you can try before you buy, and find out what facets of your industry really interest you before committing to anything permanent. Trying different short-term projects can help you formulate clearer career goals, and ensures you’re well placed to find a permanent job you really want.
Transition to permanent
Organisational needs change constantly, so there’s always the possibility that if you do a great job on a contract or temporary assignment, you’ll be able to transition to a permanent role. Even if that’s not possible, you’ll at least be able to secure a great reference from your manager for any future opportunities within the company or externally.
Looking for more job tips? Check out our career advice blog.
In a competitive jobs market, there are many benefits of temp jobs for entry-level candidates:
- Helps build professional networks
- Offers the opportunity to learn new skills
- Opens up mentoring opportunities
- Helps pinpoint interests and career goals
- Temp jobs can become permanent