What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question many kids get asked, but it becomes even more relevant this time of year as we enter into graduation season. It isn’t just graduates who are having to consider their future, either; many adults aren’t sure what field they want to pursue. Maybe you’ve just been working to make ends meet, but haven’t yet discovered the job that is right for you. Do you wish you could try out different careers before deciding which one is right for you? At Penmac, you can. A staffing company offers job seekers a great opportunity to try out different careers before deciding which one is right.
Temp work allows you to try out a job.
Teacher, nurse, vet, firefighter… Kids are always changing their minds about what they want to be. Shouldn’t adults be able to as well? Just as you wouldn’t purchase a new car without first test-driving it, you shouldn’t have choose a career before trying it out to see if it’s a good fit. Temp work allows you to do an assignment for a short period of time to see if it’s something you enjoy. For instance, you might get placed in a position doing shipping and receiving in a warehouse. You give it your best shot, but you find that you don’t like the fast-paced environment of having to quickly fill orders. You can then go back to the temp agency and see what other kinds of work are available. You haven’t hurt your employment record, but you have learned what isn’t right for you.
Temp work allows you to try out a company.
In some cases, you might discover that you like the job, but the company wasn’t exactly what you were looking for. Maybe you decide you do want to work in shipping, but the place you were working wasn’t exactly right for you. You’re learning how to recognize a company where you want to work. Let your staffing company know that you enjoy doing a certain kind of work, but are interested in learning about similar opportunities with different employers.
Temp work allows you to gain skills, flexibility, and contacts.
The best part about temp work is that while you’re figuring out what to do with your future, you’re also gaining experience. At each assignment, you will learn something new. This growing skillset will make you a more desirable candidate for future jobs. Short-term jobs also provide for flexibility in your schedule, which is great for employees who have changing school or family needs. Once you’ve decided on a job you love, you’ll have plenty of contacts that you’ve met throughout your employment assignments. These supervisors and trainers could be great references as you look for a permanent position.
If you’re overwhelmed about having to decide on one job out of hundreds, consider working with Penmac to explore different opportunities. At Penmac, we know that employment is such an important part of life. We want to help you make the right decision for you. Contact your local office to learn how you can start your career search with Penmac. Then, when you’re ready, Penmac also offers temp-to-hire and permanent opportunities.