The graduate job market has become somewhat congested. There are a lot of graduates clamouring for few places and so it is necessary to be aware of the options open to you. Different types of work are available to you as a graduate looking for an engineering job, so there is bound to be something to fit your requirements. In this article, the benefits of both temporary and permanent work will be discussed, allowing you to assess which suits you.
First of all, what’s the difference? Temporary work sometimes has a set end date, one which may be extended but generally begins on a short term basis. Permanent work by contrast does not have a set end date and normally sees the employee based in one company for an extended period of time.
The two types of work suit different situations. If you know what you want to do and are happy to settle down, permanent work would seem to suit you more. By contrast, if you are unsure what you want to actually do, then carrying out some temporary work could well help you decide and focus your career.
Both types allow for significant career progression. Permanent work allows you to immerse yourself in one company and engage fully with its ethos and methods. In doing this, and by proving you are effective at your work, you will be able to move up within the company. You will gain extensive and invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of the organisation, as well as a number of relationships with others in the company. Temporary work gives you the opportunity to move from company to company, gaining a large network of contacts and so improving your standing within the industry, independent of a specific organisation.
Permanent contracts can see you settled and stable within a business, whereas temporary positions give you flexibility and control over your career in the short term. At different stages of your career, either could be right for you, so it’s worth making sure you know the options that are available to you.
Our CK Consultants are happy to help you with any queries you might have, to help you make an informed decision.