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Is a Temporary Career Change a Good Idea?

As Bob Dylan once said, the times they are a-changin’. According to a March 2008 poll conducted by CNN, nearly three-quarters of Americans agree that the United States currently faces a financial recession. Times of economic upheaval may seem scary: industries can shrivel, company layoffs can increase, and job opportunities might be shaky.

What is a Temporary Job?
Some people perceive temp jobs as frustrating and unsatisfying. Actually, the opposite is true. According to a recent study by the San Diego Union-Tribune, 88% of temp workers are satisfied with their jobs. Whether you aim to change careers or simply want to find a part-time job to supplement your income, contract jobs can be a rewarding step toward achieving your career goals.

Advantages of a Contract Job

Possible Drawbacks of a Contract Job

The Future of Temporary Employment
While the recent economic slump may cause a slight lag in temporary jobs, overall employment prospects should still hold strong for temp workers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment services industry should gain nearly 700,000 new jobs by 2016. The need for contract workers in the healthcare industry should be especially large, due to the aging baby boomer population and the high job turnover rate in health facilities across the country. Other fields projected to have great demand for temp workers include transportation, office and administrative support, production, engineering, and management. Although you can find a decent contract job with only a high-school degree, your chances increase substantially if you have a college education and specialized job skills.

Remember, career changes can be scary, even with the help of a temp agency. As you explore your job options, take advantage of the supportive network provided by family and friends. Also, you might consider working with several different temporary agencies to increase your job possibilities.

Publish date: June 6, 2008