There are many people that believe interim professionals have it worse off than the traditional employee. Constantly having to shift positions, change your work environment, worry about job security and be uncertain about finances must be a pain, right?
Not so fast. While these may certainly be downsides to an interim career, there are plenty of benefits you could be missing if this is all you are focused on, despite the new IR35 & NI challenges. Before you completely write off pursuing an interim professional lifestyle, consider some of the following reasons it could be the best thing to happen to you.
Interim space particularly the mid-senior level professionals within public and private sector are in an amazing time I feel, they have tons of opportunities, the market is growing, the trends are positive despite the gloom of the IR35 & NI because there is a demand for these professionals to come in and deal with projects that either the permanent colleagues do not have the skill or capacity to fulfill. They plug the gaps of talent in the volatile economy where business of all sizes need interim fix.
1.) It Could Lead to A Great Permanent Opportunity
The irony of interim positions is that they could be your ticket to a much better long-term career opportunity than you could have hoped for otherwise. You will be finding yourself working for many different clients and companies, and within all those variable work environments, you have access to more opportunities than the average person.
Should you find yourself working for a firm that you love as an interim professional, showing off your skills in that position could land you a permanent position with the employer of your dreams. Additionally, you will build up a diverse and impressive portfolio that can help you land positions that you wouldn’t be qualified for if you had only held one position throughout your career or progressed through more traditional approach.
2.) Variety Works for Some People
One reason some people go into interim work is that they simply get antsy when they stay at one job for too long. Some people like to work for a variety of others in a variety of different capacities. While switching up the work environment constantly might sound like hell to some professionals, others might feel like it’s the only way to keep their work interesting. If you fall into the latter category, an interim career may be right for you.
3.) It Might Lead to The Next Step
More than simply finding job opportunities in and around your various jobs, an interim career can help you find the next chapter of your professional life. It doesn’t always have to come from a job lead or a permanent position that opens up within a firm you are temporarily working at. Sometimes, interim positions help you learn more about who you are as a professional, what you’re uniquely good at, and what you really want to be doing in your career. Finding that “happy medium” where work doesn’t feel work all the time.
The way these highly talented and specialist colleagues are treated needs to change – they are not self-employed for tax benefits, in fact for most it is all about passion, circumstances and the drive to do things differently and better. If you are an interim professional, that fits within our criteria join us for peer to peer networking, jobs in one place and support from people who understand interims. We are not an agency, nor just a job board. We are the hub for interims aiming to connect top talent directly to in-house teams.