The Benefits of temping – For the Graduate
Find out how temping can benefit you after you graduate.
Fresh out of university, I had no idea what I wanted to do or nor did I realise there were a variety of options out there. I had no idea how many jobs and industries existed. It wasn’t until a friend convinced me to take a leap of faith, that I became a temp and started gaining valuable experience.
Having been at my job for five years, and the fact it was my first, made it harder to leave. I’d grown comfortable and the role had served me well. The desire to venture away from this comfort raised all sorts of questions about where I was heading next. Will I like my new job? Will the environment be right? Will I be good at it? This uncertainty and insecurity meant I wasn’t ready to commit to a permanent position. I was stuck in a vicious circle of wanting to move forward but not knowing how worried I’d make the wrong choice and end up stepping backwards instead.
This situation is common amongst Graduates, and temping can be the perfect solution, yet it can be daunting if you don’t know what to expect. I was fortunate enough to know somebody who worked in recruitment who could explain it all to me; otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have taken the chance. If you’re not too sure whether you should explore temping, here’s a good few reasons why it could be the right option for you when you leave university.
Learn new skills and discover what you’re best at in the workplace
Temping gives you the opportunity to explore and find out what you’re good at before committing to pathing a career for yourself. Every company is different and will teach you something different that you can take forward. Some skills education can’t teach, which is why it is vital for you to have experience on your CV before pursuing your chosen career. The alternative to temping is diving head first into applying for as many permanent positions you can that have relevance to your degree, competing against more experienced individuals. After all that hard work and effort there’s nothing worse than starting a permanent position, later to realise you made the wrong choice. Rejection or getting it wrong at whatever stage of your career is hard. So why drag put your self-esteem through the gutter so early on in your career before you’ve had a chance to shine?
Stepping stone to get you to where you want to be
You haven’t even graduated yet, and already your friends and family are asking “what’s next?”. Expectations are high, and the pressure keeps building. Temping, for many can be viewed as a stepping stone and a way to stop your family asking while you figure it out!
Over the years a stigma has attached itself to the term “Graduate” with many companies steering away from hiring graduates straight out of university. For an employer hiring the wrong person can be costly and hiring a graduate comes with risks. Along with a lack of physical experience, employers worry that graduates may be over skilled, unable to adapt due to specific training, inflexible and question commitment as many are eager to climb the career ladder quickly and move on.
There is a lack of wage information and detailed careers advice at University’s that students grow unrealistic expectations. With employment at the lowest it’s been since 1975 the competition is a tough one, meaning the jobs graduates desire are not widely available in the current market.
This results in a war between the graduate and employer, the graduate keeping their standards high, the employer dubious about the potential. Temping is the perfect way to leap over this hurdle and prove yourself, quickly. Get six months temping experience on your CV, and you can bet the job applications become easier, hearing back from more and more as time passes.
Temping is flexible
What holds many of us back is the fear we will not like the choice we have made. If this sounds like you don’t worry. One of the advantages of temping is that it is flexible. For a permanent position, usually, a one month notice period is required, however, if you are temping only a week minimum is required. This is because you haven’t committed to an ongoing permanent contract, you’re not on the company’s payroll, so there’s less paperwork to do to let you go.
When a company hires a temporary worker it’s clear from the beginning that this is a temporary solution for both parties, so you can work guilt-free knowing you’ve got an income and you’re not stuck if you hate it.
It’s a quicker process
Hiring a temp is usually an urgent need to cover holiday, help with an expansion or busy peak season, so time is always of the essence. This usually means that it’s very rare for a company to interview temps and you could have a job within a week, earning a weekly salary to replenish the overdraft you used for graduation drinks.
There are many more benefits to temping such as weekly pay; there could be a permanent opportunity available elsewhere in the company if you like it and even adding a missing skill to your CV. For me, temping became a turning point in my career, and one of the best decision I ever made. The skills and experience I gained from my many temporary assignments helped to prepare me in a way my university couldn’t.
If you are graduating this year and not too sure what to do next, then give the team at Future Personnel a call. Focusing on temporary vacancies across Croydon and Surrey the team have contacts within a variety of industries and can help guide you through the entire process, so that next time job hunting is a breeze. Our account managers will look after you, checking in with regular phone calls, providing CV advice, Interview tips and supporting you so that you can take a step in the right direction and kick start your career.