Temping can sometimes be viewed as an in-between job, something you grab when you’re trying to land a “real” position. But whether you’re simply looking for a new 9-5 or trying to onramp to an as-of-yet unexplored career choice, temping can be the first step towards a new path in life. Here’s why temping can be good for your career.
You can explore a new career.
Is your background in banking but you secretly yearn to be a top pastry chef? Temping allows you to flex your fondant muscles and test your hand at building the perfect layer cake of knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of your choice. By giving you the full advantage of testing out a career without making a full commitment to it, you can decide if you want to pursue your passion permanently.
You can sharpen your skills.
They used to call you the The PowerPoint Princess at your last job for the amazing slideshows you created. A temporary job can keep those skills razor-sharp—and impress a new boss. Plus, the on-the-job training you’ll receive from a temp job can be a hands-on crash course in your new career.
It can keep you marketable.
Nothing looks worse on your resume than having large gaps in between gigs. Employers look more favorably upon temp assignments that are relatable and were successfully completed. In fact, many potential bosses view temp work as an applicant’s initiative to stay current in the job market. It’s also a great way to network within a new industry, make new contacts, and ultimately start the next phase in your career.