Is a temporary assignment the key to curing career blues?

by HCA11 Jan 2017
What's the solution to curing the career blues?

Temporary assignments is one possibility, according to Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand.

“By undertaking a temporary assignment you gain experience in new areas, develop new contacts and boost your confidence,” he said.

Deligiannis added that you work with new groups of people, in new organisational cultures and often in new industries. This will reinvigorate your career and help you determine your next move

“A lot of people also use temporary assignments as their route to a permanent job. While some see temporary assignments as their ideal lifestyle choice, others use them as stepping stones to permanency.

“Either way, if you’re feeling stale in your current job a temporary assignment could provide the challenges and career boost you need.”

Temporary, contract and freelance workers have become the ‘new normal’ in workplaces across Australia.

Estimations vary but the general consensus is that around 30 to 40 per cent of Australia’s workforce is now a temporary, contractor of freelancer.

Indeed, a temporary assignment can help get your career back on track by:

• Giving a confidence boost: If you are feeling stale in your current role, your confidence can take a hit. It’s not uncommon for people in this situation to question if another organisation would want to employ them. A temporary assignment will get you out of your comfort zone and each success will lift your confidence.

• Adding immediate value: An employer will set defined outcomes for each assignment. Given the short-term nature of temporary assignments, your success in achieving each outcome allows you to add several quantifiable results to your CV in a short period of time.

• Quickly providing work: With 21% of employers expecting to increase their use of temporary and contract staff this financial year (according to the 2016-17 Hays Salary Guide), assignments are available and can be secured much faster than permanent roles.

• Extending your experience: Temporaries are sought to work on special projects, fill in for absent staff or add expertise to a team. These assignments expose you to a wide range of systems, solutions and ideas, allowing your expertise to grow.

• Expanding your network: Temporary assignments allow you to rapidly increase your network. But this involves more than increasing your LinkedIn connections. By working with people in your field you stay up-to-date with the latest trends, hear about relevant job opportunities, receive endorsements and even find new referees.



  • by Jessie 11/01/2017 10:49:50 AM

    I agree that a temporary assignment can be both refreshing and a foot in the door, but think there are also negatives that can be explored in this article to keep it balance.

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